At least 17 people were killed and 14 others were wounded after a 19-year-old gunman opened fire Wednesday at a high school in the U.S. state of Florida, according to authorities.
The shooting took place when students were being dismissed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the city of Parkland, just north of Miami.
The suspected gunman, captured shortly after the shooting, was identified as Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student who had been expelled from the school. An AR-15 semi-automatic rifle was found at the site.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters that of the casualties, 12 happened within the school, two outside and one at a nearby road. Two more also succumbed of their injuries at the hospital, leading to a current total of 17 fatalities.
All of the victims have been identified, Israel said, but their identities will not be made public until their families have been notified.
In addition to the 17 who lost their lives, at least 14 others were wounded, five of whom are battling life-threatening injuries, according to hospital authorities.
This shooting is among the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history.
U.S. President Donald Trump said that he was making plans to visit the scene of the attack, meet with the families of the victims and give a televised national address regarding the mass shooting on Thursday.
The incident took place after Parkland, with a population of 31,000 in 2016, was recently listed by a national survey as one of the safest cities in Florida.
The mass school shooting has again sparked debate over gun control in the U.S.
According to the latest Gallup poll, 60 percent of U.S. respondents support stricter gun laws, while only five percent want less strict ones.
"I think the gun law is ridiculous to be honest with you. No one should have guns, except law enforcement, in my opinion," said a Florida resident.