911 Calls Reveal Anxiety, Frustration and Stress During Parkland School Shooting

What to Know

  • BSO has released 911 calls related to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14.

  • Seventeen people were fatally shot and 16 others were injured.

  • Nikolas Cruz has been accused as the gunman in the shooting tragedy.

The feeling of anxiety, nervousness, frustration and stress are audible in the 911 calls released by the Broward County Sheriff's Office over the Parkland school shooting.

BSO on Thursday released 10 calls out of the 81 received by regional 911 operators related to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.

One call was made from within the school, while the rest were made by people who were outside – either because their children at school told them about the shooting or because they heard gunfire.

The call that came from within the school exhibits an ominous tone.

The Broward Sheriff's Office is releasing some of the 911 calls from the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. NBC 6's Willard Shepard reports.

(Published Thursday, March 8, 2018)

"911. What is your emergency?" the operator says.

"There's been shots at Stoneman Douglas. Someone's shooting up the school at Stoneman Douglas," the caller says in a whisper.

"I'm sorry, I can't hear you. What's happening?" the operator responds.

In a quiet murmur, the male caller says: "There's a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas."

"Somebody is doing what? Hello? Hello?" the operator asks.

On the other side of the line, frantic breaths and panicked silence for a few seconds.

The Broward Sheriff's Office is releasing some of the 911 calls from the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

(Published Thursday, March 8, 2018)

"Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is being shot up," the caller says.

"Are you at the school?" the operator asks before the caller whispers something imperceptible and abruptly hangs up.

Other calls came from parents afraid for their children's lives.

"Hello, 911 ma'am. Go ahead," a 911 operator says.

"My son is in Stoneman Douglas High School. He said he heard noises and pops and he thinks there's a shooting going on at the school," the mother says.

"OK. We do have police on scene at the school. Police is on scene there," the operator responds.

Surveillance footage shows then-school resource deputy Scot Peterson standing outside of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building where gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire on students and faculty inside, then running out of view, not to be seen again on other school cameras.

(Published Thursday, March 15, 2018)

"Is it secure?" the mother asks.

"We don't have that information as yet," the operator answers.

After a breath, the mother lets out a nervous sigh. Shortly after the operator asks a few questions, the caller hangs up.

In another call, a man talks to a 911 operator while he's next to a mother who is on the phone with her daughter who is hiding in the 1200 building – where the shooting took place.

"Find out – was she able see or hear any shots fired?" the operator asks. "How many shots did they hear?"

"She doesn't know ... she's terrified right now," the man responds.

The aunt of a Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting victim attended a walkout Wednesday at the Parkland, Florida, high school where her niece was killed on Feb. 14. "I beg viewers to stand up with these kids and fight with us to get this gun legislation in this country changed," Gina Fontana told NBC 6's Ari Odzer. 

(Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018)

"Anything else she could say?" the operator asks.

"Nothing, no. She's afraid to talk. She's hiding right now," the man replies after asking the mother.

The man said the girl did not want to speak because she was hiding, suggesting she didn't want to make noise or bring attention.

Later in the call, the operator tells the caller to make sure everyone in the classroom remains quiet. Briefly after, the student tells her mother that police arrived.

Another call came from a man who said he lives near the school.

"911. What is your emergency?" the operator says.

"I think I hear gunshots ... it sounds like it's over towards the high school, towards Douglas," the caller says.

The caller said his house is about 300 feet away – "over where Sheriff Israel used to live."

The caller said he heard about three gunshots 10 to 15 minutes before calling 911. Once he heard four or five other shots, he immediately called 911.

"Did you notice anyone suspicious in the area?" the dispatcher asks.

"Didn't see a soul," the man replies.