At least one student was wounded, and police have taken a suspect into custody after an early morning shooting at a high school in Ocala, Florida Friday. The injured student was rushed to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after being shot in the ankle.
The school says shooter and student are both boys. The shooter then dropped his weapon, ran, and tried to hide, according to the boy.
"Local, State and Federal Officers have responded to assist at all schools in Marion County, for an increased law enforcement presence at our schools", the sheriff's office said in an update on Facebook.
The shooter was taken into custody within three minutes of the shooting, he said.
About 40 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, where 17 people were killed in a February 14 school shooting, are in Colorado today, helping the Columbine students with their service projects. Approximately 2,500 schools around the country planned on joining the walkout.
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Craig Ham, deputy superintendent of Ocala schools operations, said the gunman carried the shotgun in a guitar case into the school by blending in with students.
During the first walkout which was held back in March, exactly one month after the Parkland shooting, Morgan Roof - the younger sister of Dylann Roof, who murdered nine people at a Charleston church in 2015 - was arrested after bringing weapons and guns to her high school in SC.
The Forest resource officer, Marion County Sheriff's Deputy James Long, "did not hesitate. Parents please stand by for further direction from the school on how to pick up your children".
Students who saw anything related to the shooting were being interviewed by investigators.
Police have asked the public to stay away from the school.
The latest USA school shooting comes as students across the country prepare to walk out of their classrooms at 10 a.m.in protest against gun violence.