Florida high school shooting leaves one student injured; suspect in custody

Police responded to a shooting at Forest High School in Ocala, Fla.

A suspect was in custody following a shooting at a Florida high school Friday 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, was not a current student at the school. The suspect 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 if the two knew each other.

The student was allegedly 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.

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At least one student was injured after being shot in the ankle at Forest High School.  (Peggy Genaw)

The school is currently on lockdown as police clear the area. WKMG reported that all Marion County schools are on lockdown and the school walkouts that were planned for the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school massacre were canceled.

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Parents were told to pick up their children at First Baptist Church of Ocala.  (Sabrina Marquez)

Law enforcement said the shooting was called in to authorities at 8:39 a.m. and the gunman was in custody by 8:42 a.m. EST.

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 the school, told him the shooting happened near his classroom. The teen told Oliver the shooter was standing in the hallway and shot at a closed classroom door. The shooter then dropped the unspecified weapon, ran and tried to hide, the he told his father.

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 of the 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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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