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Florida school shooting response detailed in released radio traffic

Students are released from a lockdown outside of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland after reports of an active shooter Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. John McCall, South Florida Sun Sentinel

By Zoe Papadakis From Newsmax

Florida school shooting details emerged Thursday, when audio recordings were released, indicating that Broward Deputy Scot Peterson radioed that gunfire was “inside” and warned officers to stay away, the Miami Herald reported.

Since the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Peterson has taken heat for not entering the school during the mass shooting, a decision which he has defended by claiming the gunfire appeared to have been arising from outside on campus.

However, internal radio dispatches released on Thursday by the sheriff’s office proved Peterson had radioed that gunfire was happening “inside” Building 12 and warned officers to “stay at least 500 feet away.” The first police entrance into the building happened 11 minutes after the shooting began, according to the Miami Herald.

Deputies are required by policy to eliminate the threat by engaging an active shooter in such situations, and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel believes Peterson should have entered the building and shot the suspect, CNN noted.

The Valentine’s Day crime scene was a swirl of chaos as law enforcement scrambled to respond to various calls put forth about gunfire at the school.

Amid conflicting reports, Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered that an investigation into the response of the deadly school shooting be conducted, which led to an analysis of internal radio dispatches, security videos and other records.

Based on this, officials established a detailed timeline of events unfolding that day, which paints a picture of confusion.

Sheriff’s Col. Jack Dale said that an analysis of the audio recordings indicated that there was “not a lot of accurate information,” according to The Sun-Sentinel.

“It was a rapidly evolving scene, and the sounds of gunfire were difficult to pinpoint. First responders have no information as to where the victims are, or where the shooter is or even the number of shooters.”

Image: Florida School Shooting Response Detailed in Released Radio Traffic
Students were released from a lockdown following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (John McCall/AP)

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