Florida, Feb 15: A former student went on shooting rampage that left at least 17 dead and several injured at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The panic-stricken students and teachers took shelter under the desks. The victims were rushed to nearby hospitals with critical injuries. The number of deaths in the Florida mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland is not yet known. The school officials, however, said numerous casualties may have happened.

The accused has been identified as 18-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who previously attended the school. According to the reports, the accused student had previously been expelled, from the Florida school where he opened fire, for unspecified disciplinary reasons.

He was taken into custody nearly two hours after the shooting was reported, authorities said. The gunman, the reports said, surrendered to the police without a struggle. The authorities are still clearing the school.

Live television footage showed students being evacuated from the school as dozens of police and emergency services personnel swarmed the area.

“The President has spoken with Governor Scott of Florida and offered federal assistance if needed. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen also spoke with Governor Scott as well as state and local officials. She has briefed the President on those conversations,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. “We continue to keep the victims, and their friends and family, in our thoughts and prayers,” she added.

The gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety said that the Florida mass shooting was the 18th shooting in a US school so far this year.