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Multiple people have reportedly been injured at a school shooting in southern Florida.

Shots were reportedly fired at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. A student told local TV station WSVN he was on the school’s campus. When he and other students heard an alarm go off, they thought it was a drill, but then they heard gun shots.

“We heard pops,” the student said. “From the other side of the school we see the whole school running out.”

Teachers and students barricaded themselves inside the school about an hour after the first shots were reported as officers set up a perimeter. Lissette Rozenblet told CNN her daughter, a sophomore at the school, was on the third floor of one of the school’s buildings, texted her to call 911. The girl told her mother she heard shots and could hear someone injured calling out for help.

“She was very nervous, she said that she could hear the person who was shot crying out for help, and was just a nervous wreck,” Rozenblet said.

Rozenblet’s daughter later called her mother to say she had safely evacuated to a nearby Walmart.

Dozens of law enforcement vehicles are on site, including a tank and heavily armed law enforcement officers. The sheriff’s office tweeted that “there are reports of victims,” but did not say how many people were injured. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) also responded to the scene on Twitter.

Parkland is a city outside Boca Raton in Broward County, Fla. It is 30 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale and north of Miami. This has been the 13th school shooting incident in 2018.

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