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Coverage Of The Mass Shooting Happened In School In Parkland, Florida; Suspect Still At-Large. Aired 3:30-4p ET

Aired February 14, 2018 - 15:30   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


[15:30:00] BOBBY CHACON, RETIRED FBI SPECIAL AGENT: -- that there was a fire alarm going off. And the students were actually going out into the parking lot as part of the fire drill and that's when they heard shots. Teacher funneled some students back into a classroom to get out from outside where she thought the shots might have been coming from.

BROOKE BALDWIN, CNN HOST: OK. Lot of reports. It is still early on. Lot of misinformation out there. Bobby, stay with me.

Juliette, I know you are still with me. I just saw what looked like SWAT or some -- actually, hang on. Let's listen.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And then everyone just started freaking out.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And people running.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: People running and everyone was -- we all thought it was a fire drill because we had one previously today. And we thought it was that. So no one was that nervous. But then when word started going around that it was shots and I just like something else, then everyone started running towards the canal.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You started running with people around you?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: How scary is what's going on?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I mean, I wasn't scared until now.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is a fluid situation. There's a lot of hearsay going on. They believe they know who the shooter is. They are going back and forth, again, with a lot of hearsay. We are also hearing-- we had one mom run across us and tell us that one teacher protecting the students may have passed.

But again this is a fluid situation. You can see police out here. And they are trying to make sure that the students that are coming out of the school are, of course, safe. We have Coral Springs police out here, Ft. Lauderdale. We have got so many agencies from Dade and Broward out here. Just - we have seen several SWAT teams go in with full active gear on.

Again, students coming out, telling us they do know who this student is. Another student just came out. You will have to excuse me, saying that a teacher could have possibly passed. But again, this is all information that's coming out. And just like anything it's a fluid situation and we have not confirmed any of this information.

So, if you are a parent and you are watching this and hopefully, you can get on the phone with your child and confirm some of --

BALDWIN: All right. We have been listening to the voice of one of our reporters, affiliate reporter down there in Broward area.

And I just need to be crystal clear. Because let me just repeat myself. It is in the early stages of this -- of what's going on, this active shooter situation. And there is a lot of misinformation that gets out there. People seeing these reports that are just not correct. So I just want to be -- I know parents are tuned in. I want to be so, so precise. We cannot confirm any of what you just heard. I can just reiterate what it sounds like the student said he thought it was a fire drill. I don't know if a fire alarm was pulled or not but he said that there had been some sort of fire drill early in the day and the thought was perhaps what was happening until he realized it was an active shooter was a fire drill.

As far as who the shooter is, was, if other people are connected to this or if this individual had help, we just don't know.

Juliette Kayyem is still with me.

And Juliette, on the point that we are hearing from Broward sheriff, that the phraseology they are using is that the shooter is at large, define at large for me, in law enforcement speak. Does that mean that they haven't located the shooter? Might it mean the shooter left the school? Do you know?

JULIETTE KAYYEM, CNN NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST: Yes. But can I just say one thing to the point you were just making? This is the moment in which it is essential that we wait until, you know, either the sheriff or public authorities come out. Because there are 100 stories going on right now everywhere or 2,000, depending on how many kids were impacted by this. And so this is why I think in the next 20 minutes we are going to get a press conference. That they need to get ahead of this because of all these different stories.

On the at-large aspect of it, I interpreted that. And I will say it this way. They may likely know who the assailant is but do not have him or her presumably. But it does may mean that there is someone there who is responsible for this who is -- that they are on the search for. They are not going to give us the name because presumably, they are on the hunt down for that person.

So, you know, whether it's a student or someone random from the community, we don't know yet. But, you know, that's essentially where we are right now. And then just being careful with, you know, in particular, if they are students. I mean, that's something we can't get wrong, you know.

BALDWIN: No. Juliette, stay with me.

Lissette Rozenblat is on the phone with me. She is a mother. Her daughter goes to this high school.

Lissette, you are live on CNN. I can't imagine what you are thinking and feeling right now. Do you know, is your daughter safe?

[15:35:17] LISSETTE ROZENBLAT, DAUGHTER EVACUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL (on the phone): Absolutely. Thank God. Just ten minutes ago she was able to call me. I hadn't heard from her since 2:48. But she was texting me.

She is fine. She is seeking shelter at the Walmart, which is literally down, you know, right behind the school. When we first heard about it, she was actually the one who told us. She texted us and at first we thought it was a hoax because in today's day and age you just never know. Well, my husband hung up and he called the school and verified that it was true. So he took off, went to the school. I kept texting -- she kept texting me and she said that she was hiding. That she was fine but for me to please call 911 because there was somebody hurt on the third floor in the 1200 building.

She was very nervous. She said she could hear the person who was shot, you know, crying out for help and just was, you know, a nervous wreck. All she kept saying was please call 911. I did. I physically hung up with her told her I love you. Please stay safe. And I didn't want to text her again. Because I didn't want anything coming through with her phone and anything.

And then it was nerve rack between 2:50 and now until she just called me. Some of her friends were able to get out prior to her. One of her best friends, who happens to be our neighbor, was also stuck in the class now. She is still in the school. Her mom is with me, Joey Gordon. She is in the school, still physically in the classroom. She is locked inside the classroom with the teacher.

Again, it's just absolutely horrifying. I can't believe this is happening and we were just voted safest city and then today we get this. Thankfully, I'm very grateful for these kid the -- I can see them, you know, running out. I hear they're still on the loose. Buy my daughter is safe so I'm very thankful.

BALDWIN: Thank goodness, Lissette. I'm hanging on every word. I didn't want to jump un.

Let me - can I ask you to back up. So when you say that your daughter was texting you -- she's safe at the Walmart right now. At first she was texting you from where, from a classroom?

ROZENBLAT: She was physically in the classroom. I couldn't get her to answer me, you know, which classroom in particular. All she said was the third floor, the 1200 building. Please tell them that somebody is hurt. So, somebody did get injured on that particular floor, you know, in the 1200 building. I don't know the specifics of what class she was. I'm standing by my back door because she is going to come walking in, thank God, you know, any minute. She's with my husband. He is trying to find her because he took off in his car, obviously. He couldn't get to the school but was in the perimeter. And so, they are trying to, you know, find each other.

BALDWIN: Of course. And then the second she walks in the door, we are going to - you are going to hang up on me because you need to be with your daughter. But, but while I have you, Lissette, did she hear the shots? How did she know, other than knowing somebody was wounded and hearing cries for help, how did she know there was a shooting?

ROZENBLAT: Honestly, I haven't heard it from her because I haven't seen her. But some of her friends, I heard somebody say that they thought it was balloons popping so they didn't really --

BALDWIN: Balloons popping.

ROZENBLAT: You really don't know if you have never been exposed to that kind of thing, you really don't know what's going on. So I mean, as soon as she walks in I'm going to get more details.

But the scary part is that there's still children in there who are petrified and they don't know what's going on. Because when you are on lockdown, you know, we are watching the news and we get to see what's happening but these poor kids that are stuck inside, they don't have a clue. So my neighbor, she is frantic because her daughter is still inside. That's my daughter's best friend. She's still inside the classroom.

BALDWIN: Would it be possible, could you hand the phone over to that mother who is standing next to you? Can I aske her a couple quick questions here? Is she still waiting --?

ROZENBLAT: Hold on. Andrea -- hold on. She is a nervous wreck. She just walked out the back door, honestly. Hold on. She told me -- because her son also who goes to that school, he was able to get to the Walmart safely. I think it was the position -- the location not the position. The location -- she just walked back to her house. I apologize.

BALDWIN: OK. No worries So she has a son and a daughter at the school?

ROZENBLAT: Say that again?

BALDWIN: She has a son and daughter at the school?

ROZENBLAT: Correct. Correct. I believe her son is a junior and her daughter is like mine, she is a sophomore. I believe the issue with the kids that were stuck inside the building is because of -- I heard the freshman building and some sophomores have kids that have classes that are in the freshman building. I can ask.

[15:40:00] BALDWIN: Let me -- go ahead.

ROZENBLAT: OK. We are getting a text direct.

BALDWIN: You're getting a text from who?

ROZENBLAT: Her daughter that is inside of -- her daughter that's inside the classroom. She's telling her that she is about to be evacuated.

BALDWIN: OK, good. Good, good, good, good, good. And so her daughter was locked in a classroom?

ROZENBLAT: Yes.

BALDWIN: Can you tell me anything more about that?

ROZENBLAT: Even know at this time.

BALDWIN: Do you think that was that part of the lockdown process to barricade in place until police were able to come and get them out?

ROZENBLAT: Yes. That is part of the process. The unfortunate news is that we believe the shooter is still at large, you know.

BALDWIN: That's what we're hearing from Broward County. That's exactly right.

ROZENBLAT: I mean, I'm outside now. You can hear the helicopters overhead, literally.

BALDWIN: Is the school right around the corner from you?

ROZENBLAT: It is less than two miles. So I apologize for the helicopter noise.

BALDWIN: No, no, no. Please. And so this school, Lissette, this is a big school, it sounds like, 3,000 students. Is it ninth through 12th?

ROZENBLAT: Yes, it is, ninth through 12th.

BALDWIN: And so I understand -- please, go ahead. Go ahead.

ROZENBLAT: No, no. I was just going to say I was reading the text from my neighbor. Her daughter just sent said that, you know, kids were trying to text each other while they were inside the classroom and kids are just crying. At one point my neighbor, who is still -- the girl who is still stuck inside a classroom now, she was trying to frantically get in touch with my daughter as well. Those 20 to 30 minutes that we didn't have any contact with her, everybody was pretty hysterical about it. And the last she heard, she was crying and she thinks her phone died. So, you know, it is even more desperate situation when your phone is dying and you can't reach your kids.

BALDWIN: Awful.

ROZENBLAT: Thankfully, she's fine. And the fact that our neighbor's daughter is, you know, still texting with her is positive news. She's not home, you know, she is able to text and she is saying that thinks that they are about to be evacuated. So it's the uncertainty of not knowing, you know, what's going on because they are the inside. (INAUDIBLE).

BALDWIN: Of course. Lissette, stay with me on the phone. We are just looking at pictures, it looks like a bunch of kids sitting on some grass and there was a mound of what looked to me like book bags. That the police are having all these young people toss their book bags in a pile and head out to a safer location.

Lissette, tell me about -- do you know, had your daughter gone through active trainer - active shooter training? Did you have that conversation with her? Did she know what to do?

ROZENBLAT: Yes. That's why -- as scary as it was, if you have older siblings, she has got her -- everybody is so worried about her. All her older siblings kept telling me, don't worry, she knows. They have trained for this. And it's absolutely, you know, what they do. They are trained to hide under the desk, in the bathroom if the need to. Even at the preschool here, they doing that, you know. It is a side state that we are doing this, not state but state of affairs.

BALDWIN: No, I know. I totally know.

ROZENBLAT: So definitely the kids have been trained. So I was confident in the fact that I knew she knew what she had to do. I was just worried about, you know, her phone ringing or, you know, people were telling me to text her and I was waiting for her to text me. I didn't want to be, you know, I didn't want her phone to be on vibrate or ring accidentally or anything like that.

BALDWIN: One of those moments as a mother where you probably wish your daughter would put down her cell phone but thank goodness for cell phones. Thank goodness that she was able to text you and tell you she was OK.

ROZENBLAT: The worst part is that she told me once that my text, although she puts - during the school days, she phone on do not disturb. So if on a rare occasion, I have to text her or send a message. She says that my texts break through anyway even through to do not disturb.

BALDWIN: Girl.

ROZENBLAT: So my messages will always get through to her, thankfully so.

BALDWIN: Excellent.

ROZENBLAT: I'm just grateful. And again, I guess they are not back yet at the house because of the traffic. As I mentioned, the helicopters ahead, police everywhere and it's probably difficult to get back to our development. Again I'm very grateful and appreciate you.

BALDWIN: No, no, no. Stay on the phone with me. And like I said the second you see your daughter give her a huge squeeze for all of us and drop the phone with me. But while I have you, Lissette, just because a lot of people are tuned in, a lot of people, a lot of young people in this country are exactly, you know, have gone through these active shooter drills because of where we are in this country and, you know, we are happy to know at least that your daughter is safe. And there is a lot of information that we just don't know. The fact that she did go through these active shooter drills.

Can you tell me, just on a normal basis, what is security like at this school?

ROZENBLAT: Well, honestly, that's one of my concerns. And I was flipping out today when I found out about this. It's just unreal to me that, you know, that there's no gun control especially in the schools. I mean, you can't walk through an airport or places without being checked for a gun. Yet in schools and high schools, you can take whatever you want in your backpack, which I find to be absolutely insane. So there really - there are really that I'm aware of, there really is not security measures in place to, you know, avoid something like this.

[15:45:11] BALDWIN: So no metal detectors. Some schools, Lissette, in this country have, you know, resorted to metal detector so you can -- this is an instance in a high school where you can walk into a school --

ROZENBLAT: That's another issue. I mean, we take for granted. We are very blessed and privileged to live in a good neighborhood. Again, I mentioned earlier in the interview that we were voted, I believe, the safest city, one of the safest cities. And so, you take for granted that this thin kind of thing could ever happen this can happen anywhere, any time to anybody. And you know, we have to do something not only about gun control but, you know, the mental issues as well.

My oldest daughter just got a message right that she's running -- hold on. Who? They can't get out. I'm sorry. I apologize.

BALDWIN: Please don't apologize.

ROZENBLAT: OK. They are not letting us out of our own development, the neighbor, another neighbor is tell that they won't let him out to go pickup his grandson. My oldest daughter is taking off in her car now to go pick up my daughter who is in the high school at local Marriott, which is literally outside of my development.

BALDWIN: OK. So police are making you all stay put. But you are hoping at least your daughter can get to your other daughter, who is OK to bring her home to you?

ROZENBLAT: The hotel I just mentioned is literally outside of our development. And I guess there's a lockdown situation in general because the shooter is -- they don't know where he's at.

BALDWIN: At large.

ROZENBLAT: I don't know the details.

BALDWIN: Tell me more, Lissette, about your daughter. For people who are joining us, we are talking to Lissette Rozenblat who is eagerly awaiting the arrival of her daughter who is hopefully. That will happen very, very soon, Lissette, who was in one of these classrooms and described hearing balloons popping, never had been through hearing shots fired in school. Balloons popping.

Your husband got out of there and went to go try to find her. You have been eagerly awaiting word. You got the text. She is OK. Your neighbor is concerned about, you know, her own daughter who is still - had still been in lockdown in a classroom but she is OK. And, I mean --

ROZENBLAT: It was just terrifying, honestly.

BALDWIN: Terrifying.

ROZENBLAT: And just the waiting. Just the waiting is nerve-racking. Even though I know she's OK, just knowing that she can't get to the house, and I haven't been able to hug her, that I haven't been able to tell her physically, you know, see her and tell her I love you is nerve-racking. So I can't even imagine, you know, the parents, like my neighbor, whose daughter is still inside the school. And it's a huge school on top of it. There is like -- I believe there's almost 3,000 students plus, if I'm not mistaken.

BALDWIN: Right.

ROZENBLAT: So the evacuation process is probably taking forever as well. It's going to be a while. And I just wish I knew if they caught the shooter or not because it's a scary situation.

BALDWIN: We are all waiting for that word from law enforcement. And whether or not this individual was acting alone or with others -- go ahead. Do you have other news?

ROZENBLAT: Hold on. I'm just getting a text from the student that is inside. She is texting me. I guess she is trying to -- everybody knows that I'm on the phone right now being interviewed. So this girl, Zoe Gordon, is inside the building texting me saying I'm still in school.

BALDWIN: Is this one of your daughter's friends?

ROZENBLAT: Now, I'm concerned because now her text says that my daughter is fine and she's walking to somebody else's house. She's walking -- I think what's happening is that they are not letting them walk towards us, towards where we live. So they are walking in the opposite direction of a friend's house. So I may have misunderstood. My oldest daughter went to get my husband, who is stuck with people and not allowed to come back in. So it's pretty much of a mad house right now in Parkland. It is a small community and Coral Ridge Drive. Hold on. It says -- sorry. There's so much going on. I apologize.

BALDWIN: Please don't apologize. Please don't apologize. Take a look at your phone.

ROZENBLAT: Yes, I'm told that now she's walking. BALDWIN: OK. Lissette, let me ask you, just stay with me. We are

hearing some sound from some other parents. I want to keep talking to you. But these are other concerned parent there is in Parkland.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Were you able to make contact -- is she a high school student, a middle schooler?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She's a sophomore, Douglas.

[15:50:01] UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And when did you first -- did she reach out to you?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She texted me and told me there was an active shooter. Please call 911.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And you obviously did that:

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I did that. And 911 has heard already. And they gave me instructions what to tell her as far as keep the phone off on, on vibrator, stay low and make sure the door is locked.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is she out of the school? Have you been able --?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She just walked out. She texted me after about 25 minutes of silence. The longest 25 minutes of my life.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The longest 25 minutes of your life. I can imagine. What are they telling you as far as what they can share with you as parent? Was she able to share anything with you?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Not yes. I'm going to go pick her up. I heard from one parent that one of the hockey kids that plays with my boy was shot and he has been rushed to the hospital. He is a 15-year-old.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I know this is a busy time for you and your family. Appreciate you taking the time. I'm so glad your daughter is OK. Did the teacher kind of secure the classroom for them? What happened?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I wish I had details. I really don't know. I'm going to find out when I speak he to her.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But you know she's safe and that's what is important.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What you guys should do is film the faces of the kids that are walking out of school. This is not a political statement.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Appreciate your time. We understand what you are going through.

But again, we are still with Coral Ridge Drive, (INAUDIBLE) road. And --.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We never did a drill like that. And when we started evacuating toward the back of (INAUDIBLE) towards the middle school, I knew that it was more than a drill because we have never done that. I graduated and I came back to visit my teachers.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So you were just in the worst possible place at the worst possible time.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Basically.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And so you knew this was not a drill. And what happened around you? Describe the students --.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Kids were freaking out some of the kids froze some of the kids were on their phones. A lot of them were on their phones just trying snap chat everything because they thought it was a joke and it wasn't. there are kids freaking out. Students bringing out teachers. It sucked.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The worst chaotic scene I can imagine that you have ever seen.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And so, did you hear the noises as well? What did you hear?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was the same like she described. We had a fire drill this morning. And then at the end of it like it was around 2:30.

BALDWIN: All right. Just hearing bits and pieces from the students who were able to get out. You heard from the parent. We have been on the phone with Lissette who hung up the phone and my goodness, hopefully that was a sign that her daughter is near and she gets to throw her arms around her in the thick of what is just an awful, awful afternoon for parents there in Broward County at this high school.

Juliet Kayyem is still with me.

And Juliette, I'm sure you -- actually, we are going to Sara Ganim.

Sara Ganim, I understand Sara has new information.

Sara, did you talk on one of these students?

SARA GANIM, CNN CORRESPONDENT (on the phone): I actually talked to two of them. Both of them were in school at the time. Obviously, it was right at the end of the day. Both say that a fire alarm actually went off about ten minutes before the end of the day which is about 2:40 at Douglas high. And they exited the building like it was a normal fire drill until they began to hear and realize that something was not normal about this drill.

One student who is 18 years old, her name is Nicole. She told me that she actually heard five or six gunshots. And immediately everyone who was exiting in the normal drill began running back into the school, into a classroom. She is there right now still inside on the second floor, she says, in a room on lockdown. Has not evacuated the school yet.

Another student who I talked to, Justin. He is a sophomore. He said that as they were lined up in their normal position where they go for a fire drill, they began to realize that teachers were acting a little frantic. And police began to show up with bullet-proof vests and long guns and he says students started to run away. And he actually climbed a fence, ran over to a Walmart that is in an adjacent to the school and was able to get to a place where his mom could come pick him up. And that's where I talked to him just minutes ago.

So it does seem from the two students that I was able to speak to that the students were exiting the school when the shots were fired because the fire alarm was pulled or went off and they believe this was a fire drill, Brooke.

BALDWIN: We all wish it had just been that.

Sara Gamin, thank you so much.

We talked to a mother a second ago. I have a father now, Caesar Figueroa is on the phone with me. His daughter -- Caesar, you are live on CNN. Tell me exactly where your daughter is and if she's safe.

CAESAR FIGUEROA, DAUGHTER HIDING IN A CLOSET AT THE SCHOOL (on the phone): Yes, how are you doing? She is safe, thank God. She is in a closet still. She won't call me and talk on me. She is only doing texts, because just for her safety (INAUDIBLE). So she is trapped with about with her ten friends. She said she heard gunshots. A window blew and everybody is screaming and running and she said she ran in the closet and she is still there in the closet.

[15:55:19] BALDWIN: So your daughter is in a closet. But where? A closet inn -- within the school in one of the classrooms?

FIGUEROA: Yes. She is in the building. She is in the 700 building in the school.

BALDWIN: Let's not be too specific because you know, they haven't found this individual. But so she's in a closet in one of the buildings and let's just leave it at that.

Caesar, what was she -- this is toward the end of school, was it? I mean, was she in class? And did she their shots?

FIGUEROA: Yes, she was if class. I don't know the exact time but it could have been around 2:30 or 2:15, you know, just around that area.

BALDWIN: And she's with ten of her friends right now holed up in a closet?

FIGUEROA: Yes. I just -- she just texted me right now. She is saying people, she is saying people are shot or dead. Five people died, 20 injured. So that's it.

BALDWIN: Can she see anything? FIGUEROA: But she is OK.

BALDWIN: She's OK, thank goodness and we still don't have, it is early on. We don't have numbers of victims and that kind of thing. And it is our understanding the shooter or shooters are still out there. Still at large. Is she able to see out from the closet or is she just standing in darkness listening?

FIGUEROA: She's in the closet. We are just texting each other. So I don't know if she's in darkness or what's in the closet.

BALDWIN: I have got you. And how does she know people were injured? Is she hearing people or is she texting with other students?

FIGUEROA: She wasn't texting for a little while. I don't know. She is texting other students right now and saying, three kids were shot in another classroom. You know, she is right next door. And a lot of rumors going on. I don't know exactly what's going on. Like you know, what building number or who was shot. But, you know, it's just been a nightmare.

BALDWIN: And did she tell you, did the shots she hear, did it come within the building? Come within the school?

FIGUEROA: Yes. Yes. I spoke to one of the student in Douglas high school. The kid told me today was a fire drill going on. And it was some type of training for guns. And supposedly it was a student wearing red shirt and the kid said, one of the kids heard eight shots.

BALDWIN: One the of kids heard eight shots.

FIGUEROA: Eight shots, yes.

BALDWIN: OK.

FIGUEROA: And then another student I spoke to, another student I spoke to, she said her daughter was leaving the scene, and still with bodies all over the place and blood all over the place. Now, right now, as we speak I see a bunch of comes running down with machine guns.

BALDWIN: Are you at the school right now?

FIGUEROA: Oh, yes. I'm at the school waiting for my daughter. There is probably 200 or 300 cops, FBI, everybody is here. Helicopters flying all over the place. Parent parents are crying. Kids are concerned. You know, I just hug a stranger came out to me crying. He didn't speak English and he was crying in his arms. And I don't know what he was saying. And I just like I just felt bad for the guy. He said that my daughter is in the school. My daughter is in the school. She was in the 1200 building.

BALDWIN: Oh! And so you are standing -- how many parents are around you, Caesar? And how far from the school are you?

FIGUEROA: I just got news. My friends, they freed her., right. They got her. They think they got her. Hold on. They are letting her out now.

BALDWIN: Thank goodness! What are they saying?

FIGUEROA: A friend of mine who is a police officer in New York -- hold on. He knew somebody over here in Parkland. He just texted me. I don't know what's going on.

BALDWIN: Caesar, I'm going to let you handle that and I'm going to let you, hopefully see your daughter very, very soon. I appreciate you jumping on the phone. We are all thinking about every single one of you in this Parkland, Florida community. Thank you so much for sharing.

I'm Brooke Baldwin. Thank you for being with me. Jake Tapper picks up special coverage starting now.