Terrified students sent video, texts and pictures


'Our school's getting shot up, I'm scared': How terrified students sent video, texts and pictures while they huddled under their desks during Florida high school massacre

  • A cell phone video, presumably taken by a student, has emerged from Majory Stoneman Douglas High School 
  • The terrifying footage captures students cowering in silence before gunfire erupts nearby 
  • Rapid popping of bullets can be heard and grows louder as students huddle behind desks and scream in terror 
  • One student is heard shouting: 'Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God' in the video which then suddenly cuts out 

By Dailymail.com Reporters

Published: 16:45 EST, 14 February 2018 | Updated: 05:57 EST, 15 February 2018 

Students with cell phones shared horrifying footage and messages from inside the school where a Florida gunman opened fire on high school students killing 17 and injuring up to 50. 

In one particularly disturbing video, taken by a student in one of the classrooms at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and shared on Twitter by CBS Evening news, multiple students are crouching under desks where police say Nicolas de Jesus Cruz, 19, stormed the school Wednesday armed with an assault rifle and began shooting just after 2pm.

The sound of gunfire echoes out across the room as ear-piercing screams ring out. 

Students are seen scrambling and crouching to the floor and a male student close by shouts: 'Oh my God, oh my God. Oh my God'.

In another video, shared by a student on Twitter supposedly from inside a classroom, is cell phone video of what appears to be a victim laying on the floor in a pool of blood. 

Student records terrifying moment gunfire erupts inside school

The sound of gunfire echoes out across the room as ear-piercing screams ring out

Students are seen scrambling and crouching to the floor inside the Florida high school

The video was taken by a student in one of the classrooms at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and shared on Twitter

GRAPHIC: Bloodied body inside Florida school after shooting


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A shivering girl in a floral dress is immediately in front of the cameraman and ducks to the floor while another boy is seen lying next to her.

It is unclear if the gunfire is inside the classroom or not.

The rapid popping sounds like fire from a semi-automatic assault rifle or a handgun. 

Dozens of students barricaded themselves in classrooms and teachers ushered groups into confined safe spaces including closets when the school in Parkland came under attack.

Photographs shared by those in lock down showed them hiding under desks and chairs. 

Several students shared detailed descriptions of what was happening in real time, as the shooter went classroom to classroom.  

Terrified parents rushed to the scene of the attack and were left in an agonizing wait. Many communicated with their children on cell phones while others texted students and got no reply. 

The shaky cell phone footage scans the classroom as the chilling sound of gunfire rings out

Children at the back of the classroom, cower in fear. It is unclear how close the gunman was or if he had opened fire inside

One boy screams 'Oh my God, Oh my God' as a girl in a floral dress cowers in front of him

It is unclear where the gunman is in the footage taken from inside the Florida school

SWAT team evacuates classroom after Florida shooting

A father named Caesar Figueroa told CBS of his anguish. 

'My daughter is with a friend and is trapped in a closet,' she said. 'She is afraid to talk out loud. It's like a war zone here with cops, machine guns, helicopters. The FBI is here, everyone is here. I told my daughter not to call me because I don't want anyone to hear her voice.'

Miami reporter Rick Folbaum said he was exchanging messages with a child hiding in a closet.

'I'm continuing to text with a student, a young girl who I know well, who is in the building right now who told me that she heard a loud noise and what sounded like gunfire, three shots', he said.

'She texted: All of a sudden there was a really loud noise…..people are crying the closet.' 

One mother, Michelle, said her daughter sent her a text that said: 'There's been a shooting in school ... and it's for real.'

Speaking outside the police perimeter, she added: 'She was texting me up until about four minutes ago and now she's not responding and I'm getting nervous. Last she texted me she was in a building from across where the shooting was at. I'm on pins and needles because she isn't responding to me now.'

SWAT team searches shooting school as students cower in terror

Hiding in fear: Multiple students shared photos from inside classrooms of the high school

The sound of gunfire echoes out across the room as ear-piercing screams ring out

Students showed how they were cowering in fear under desks as gunfire broke out

Fleeing: Some students were evacuated from the school while others were barricaded inside while the active shooter situation was dealt with 

Running in terror: Dozens of students with their backpacks still on their backs were filmed fleeing 


The bloodshed in Florida was the latest outbreak of gun violence that has become a regular occurrence at U.S. schools and colleges. Below are some of the worst U.S. school shootings in the last 20 years.

BENTON, Kentucky, Jan. 23, 2018 - Gabe Parker, 15, kills two fellow students, both also 15, at Marshall County High School in western Kentucky with a pistol and wounds 14 others. Four other high schoolers suffered non-gunshot wounds in the ensuing panic. 

AZTEC, New Mexico, Dec. 7, 2017 - William Atchison, a 21-year-old man, disguised as a student enters the local high school, kills two students and then shoots himself to death. 

SAN BERNARDINO, California, April 10, 2017 - Cedric Anderson dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after killing his estranged wife at North Park Elementary School where she worked. An 8-year-old student is also shot to death. 

ROSEBURG, Oregon, Oct. 1, 2015 - Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, opens fire on the campus of Umpqua Community College, killing nine people before he is shot dead by police. 

MARYSVILLE, Washington, Oct. 24, 2014 - Freshman student Jaylen Fryberg, 15, at Marysville-Pilchuck High School fatally wounds four students in the cafeteria before killing himself.

SANTA MONICA, California, June 7, 2013 - A onetime digital media student, John Zawahri, 23, fatally shoots his father and brother, sets their house on fire, and then kills three people at Santa Monica College. The gunman kills himself. 

NEWTOWN, Connecticut, Dec. 14, 2012 - Adam Lanza, 20, fatally shoots his mother, then kills 20 children and six adults before killing himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It was the deadliest mass shooting at either a high school or grade school in US history and prompted renewed debate about gun control in the United States.

OAKLAND, California, April 2, 2012 - One L Goh, a former nursing student, kills seven people and wounds three at Oikos University, a Korean Christian college. 

CHARDON, Ohio, Feb. 27, 2012 - Seventeen-year-old student Thomas 'T.J' Lane at Chardon High School kills three students and wounds three in school cafeteria. He received three life sentences on March 19, 2013. In 2014, Lane, along with two other inmates, escaped from Allen Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio, but he was recaptured the following day. 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama, Feb. 12, 2010 - Amy Bishop, a biology professor at the University of Alabama at Huntsville opens fire during a staff meeting, killing three faculty members and wounding three. 

DEKALB, Illinois, Feb. 14, 2008 - Steve Kazmierczak, a former graduate student, kills five students and wounds 16 at Northern Illinois University before taking his own life. 

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, Feb. 8, 2008 - Nursing student Latina Williams at Louisiana Technical College kills two classmates and herself in a classroom. 

BLACKSBURG, Virginia, April 16, 2007 -  Gunman Seung-Hui Cho slaughters 32 people and kills himself at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, popularly known as Virginia Tech. At the time it was the deadliest shooting carried out by a single gunman in US history.

NICKEL MINES, Pennsylvania, Oct. 2, 2006 - Gunman Charles Carl Roberts IV took hostages and shot eight out of 10 girls, killing five in a one-room Amish schoolhouse, before killing himself.

SHEPHERDSTOWN, West Virginia, Sept. 2, 2006 - 49-year-old Douglas Pennington shoots himself and his two sons Logan, 26, and Benjamin, 24, to death during a visit to the campus of Shepherd University.

RED LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION, Minnesota, March 21, 2005 - A 16-year-old high school student Jeffrey Weise, kills seven people including his grandfather, a tribal police officer, and wounds several others in a shooting rampage after killing two people off-campus. He then kills himself. 

COLD SPRING, Minnesota, Sept. 24, 2003 - Fifteen-year-old student John Jason McLaughlin, fatally shoots a freshman and a senior at Rocori High School. 

TUCSON, Arizona, Oct. 29, 2002 - Failing student Robert S Flores Jr, 41, shoots and kills three professors and then himself at the University of Arizona School of Nursing. 

GRUNDY, Virginia, Jan. 16, 2002 - Nigerian immigrant Peter Odighizuwa, a recently dismissed graduate student aged 41, kills a dean, a professor and a student at the Appalachian School of Law and wounds three others.

SANTEE, California, March 5, 2001 - Charles Andrew Williams, a student at Santana High School kills two students, wounds 13.  He is currently serving life in prison.

LITTLETON, Colorado, April 20, 1999 - Two teenagers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold rampage through Columbine High School, fatally shooting 12 students and a teacher and wounding more than 20 others before killing themselves. The personal journals of the duo document that they wanted their actions to rival that of the Oklahoma City bombing.

JONESBORO, Arkansas, March 24, 1998 - Two boys Mitchell Johnson, 13, and Andrew Golden, 11, fire on their middle school from woods, killing four girls and a teacher and wounding 11 others.


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