A suspect is in custody following a shooting at a Florida high school this morning (Friday, April 20, 2018) that injured one student, police said.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said the incident occurred at Forest High School in Ocala. Authorities said the suspected shooter, a 19-year-old male, who was not a current student, went inside the school and shot a 17-year-old male student in what was believed to be an intentional act. It was not immediately clear whether the two were acquainted.
The student was reportedly shot in the ankle, taken to a local hospital for treatment and is expected to fully recover. The identities of the suspect and the victim were not immediately released.
The school was placed on lockdown as police cleared the area. WKMG reported all Marion County schools are on lockdown and school walkouts planned for the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school massacre were canceled.
Law enforcement said the shooting was called in to authorities at 8:39 a.m. Eastern Time and the gunman was in custody by 8:42 a.m.
Authorities credited the school’s resource officer for quickly stepping in after hearing a “large, loud banging sound.” The resource officer ‘immediately responded [and] recognized what we had at that time.”
Chris Oliver said his 16-year-old son, a student at Forest High School, told him the shooting happened near his classroom. The boy told Oliver the shooter was standing in the hallway and shot at a closed classroom door, then dropped the unspecified weapon, ran and tried to hide.
Police have asked the public to stay away from the school. Parents picked up their children from the First Baptist Church of Ocala. As of Friday morning, all students were reported off the campus.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted he was briefed on the shooting.
Forest High has an enrollment of more than 2,000 students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.