What we know about the Hillsborough Community College shooting, and what we still don’t know

A gunman opened fire on a community college in Hillsborough, Florida, killing at least 20 people and wounding another 60 before police shot him dead.

The gunman, a student at Hillsborough College, used a semiautomatic handgun and a .22-caliber pistol in the rampage.

Here’s what we know: • The suspect was killed when he opened fire with a shotgun and an assault rifle, according to the Hillsboro Police Department.

The officer who shot him was injured in the shooting.

• The Hillsborough Police Department said a search warrant was obtained for the suspect’s home on Thursday, and investigators are still looking for the shooter’s car and the gunman’s vehicle.

• Investigators have not yet identified the shooter.

• Police say the gunman had a history of mental illness and may have been under the influence of drugs.

• At least one of the victims is a student.

• More details will be released as the investigation continues.

• Authorities have released photos of the suspect in the hours before the shooting and are also offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest.

The shooting took place in a school parking lot in a small town in the heart of Hillsborough County, about 20 miles north of Orlando.

Police said the suspect opened fire at the college on Thursday morning after a man reported seeing the gunman walking near the college.

A man in a nearby home called 911 and told officers that the suspect was walking toward the school with a handgun and assault rifle when he suddenly turned and started shooting, the Hillsdale Police Department tweeted.

The man, who was not identified by police, told officers he saw the suspect run from the scene and “start shooting in a different direction,” according to police.

“The man told the responding officers that he saw a black male and female, possibly an older male, run out of the residence and then into the parking lot,” the police department said.

The victim told police he ran toward the parking garage and saw the gunman standing there, wearing a gray jacket and a black shirt.

“I was running and I thought he was going to run over me, and then he just started shooting,” the victim said.

“He started shooting everywhere and the whole thing just went down.”

The suspect ran to a nearby apartment building where a witness saw a white female wearing a black coat and blue jeans.

The witness told police the woman was walking towards the parking Garage at the time of the shooting, police said.

A police report indicated that the woman told the officer that she was not aware of the man who was firing, and that she didn’t see the shooter before the shots were fired.

A video taken at the scene shows the suspect walking out of a car with the shotgun in one hand and a gun in the other.

The vehicle is later seen on a video parked at a nearby intersection with an abandoned truck.

A woman who answered the phone at a home where the woman lived with the gunman said she had no idea that she had been the target of a shooting.

“My neighbors are nice people,” she said.

“(The gunman) doesn’t do nothing but scare people.”

Police said there were about 50 students and faculty at the school when the shooting took a violent turn.

They were able to contain the gunman, but many students were left traumatized by the attack.

The campus is near the Florida Panhandle, home to about 60,000 people.

Hillsborough Sheriff Michael Whelan told reporters Thursday afternoon that a man who lived in the apartment building was shot and killed.

“We don’t have any other information at this point,” Whelin said.

He said the man’s death would not be confirmed until an autopsy is conducted.

Police Chief Michael Jackson said the shooting is being investigated by a special crime unit that includes the FBI, the state’s attorney’s office and the Hills County Sheriff’s Office.

He would not say whether the man killed himself.

“At this point, we’re still trying to piece together what’s going on,” Jackson said.

It’s not clear how many people were at the community college at the same time as the shooting but Wheland said students were on the campus, including faculty and staff.

Students were evacuated from the campus and placed in separate buildings, according with the Hillsville Herald-Times.

Hillsdale County officials have said that students were being held at various locations on campus until the next of kin was notified.

Whelans office said Thursday that the Hills College campus was on lockdown at around 10 a.m.


Authorities are also asking anyone with information on the shooting to call 911.

Posted by AP news team on October 02, 2017 at 12:00pm EDT More stories from Florida