Feb 14, 2018, 4:22 PM ET

Florida school shooting survivors speak out: 'There were bullet holes everywhere'


Just before wrapping up his final class of the day, student Matthew Walker heard the sound of rapid gunfire outside his classroom at Stoneman Douglas High School.

"He was shooting through the glass in the door," Walker told ABC News of a gunman who turned his campus in Parkland, Florida, into the latest school mass shooting scene in America.

"It was really bad," said Matthew. "There were bullet holes everywhere. Everyone was freaking out. I did not see the shooter, but he did shoot through my class. He couldn't get inside because the door was locked."

PHOTO: Students walk with an armed escort after after reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.WPLG
Students walk with an armed escort after after reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.

Matthew shared a video he took inside the classroom during the barrage of gunfire, in which students could be heard screaming, one yelling "Oh, my God!" as gunshots sounded in the background. Matthew said he heard 10 to 12 shots fired into his classroom before the shooter moved along on his path of carnage.

"He was just going from class to class, just shooting at random kids," Matthew said. "When the police were escorting me out of the building, there was a dead guy ... on the floor next to me. I'm blessed to be alive."

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel called the shooting, a "horrific, homicidal, detestable act" committed by a former student at the school arrested near the campus and identified by multiple law enforcement sources as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz. At least 17 people were killed in the high school shooting, according to officials.

Michael Katz, 15, told ABC News he heard a loud bang at 2:20 p.m. from what he initially thought was a garbage truck.

"It was really loud. Then I heard it again," Michael told ABC News. "Then I heard frantic screaming. I've never heard such loud screams in my life. Then we realized there was a shooting at my school."

He said his English teacher, Ms. Lyons, already had the classroom door locked, and was signaling with her hands for everyone to get down on the ground and stay silent. He said he heard gunshots coming in such a rapid succession he couldn't count them all.

PHOTO: A map shows the location of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.ABC News
A map shows the location of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

"Then I heard more and more shots, and I heard banging next door," Michael said. "My first instinct was to text my mom and dad and tell them that I loved them in case I was killed. Then I called 911. I just said there's an active shooter at Stoneman Douglas and hung up because I heard footsteps coming back toward our classroom."

He said several of the roughly 20 students in the class started to cry and other students were trying to calm them down, telling them that everything was going to be fine.

Michael said that after about four or five minutes, the gunfire subsided. He said he heard the sound of police yelling in the halls and banging on his door.

"My teacher didn't want to open the door at first, then we heard them say, 'Police, open up!'" he said.

When the door flung open officers were swarming the hallway, he said. He said he and his classmates formed a single line, put their hands in the air and filed out.

Dramatic video shows students inside Florida classroom following deadly shooting

"We moved in a single line, then lying around the wall from my room there were two dead bodies on the ground," he said. "There was a boy and a girl. They were both extremely pale and bleeding."

As he made his way to the exit, he said, "I saw one student walking with blood on his face. There was blood and glass all over the floor."

Once outside, he said, he and his classmates sprinted across the street with their hands still in the air.

He said his father, a former police officer, was waiting for him outside the school.

"I heard my dad say, 'Look over here,' and I just sprinted to the car and jumped in," Michael said.

PHOTO: A father and daughter embrace after a mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018. Saul Martinez/The New York Times
A father and daughter embrace after a mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.

Michael said the thought of dying crossed his mind as he was sitting under his desk in the classroom.

"I feel total shock, confusion," Michael said from the safety of his home. "I've never been more scared in my life."

Another student, Alexandra Robinson, told ABC News from her home that she was confused when she heard the fire alarm because they had already practiced a drill this morning. The principal's voice then came over the intercom and ordered students to evacuate.

Alexandra said she thought it was a fire until she heard “two pops,” but she wasn’t able to gauge how close they were to her. She and two of her friends then ran “for their lives.”

At one point, they stopped running, and a security guard instructed them to keep going.

“That’s when I knew this was, like, a real shooting thing,” Alexandra said.

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  • GruntDoc68

    Very important here that we make sure to blame the gun, the knife, the bomb, the car ramming into crowds because by doing that Americans don't have to take any kind of personal responsibility ....the 'item/weapon' did it. I have yet to see a car drive itself into a crowd, a bomb set itself off, a knife just jump off the kitchen counter and go stab someone or even a gun pull it's own trigger. Look at what American parents have raised...a bunch of kids who need 'comfort hamsters', a shrink, pills to cope and all the while they can just 'blame' something else for their own woes so they don't have to be responsible. Politicians and churches inspire division and 'I'm better than you'....parents don't do squat to correct their kids because OMG....they may not like it. Parents expect schools to raise their kids so they don't have to..... It all boils down to human actions causing this....not any kind of weapon but oh how America likes to shove off the blame to someone or something else. Our kids are raised to be selfish, self seeking wimps who run to a pill, gun, terror or something else when they can't 'cope' and here we have kids playing video games filled with violence and death and even parents sitting down with them to play. How do Americans look at themselves without being disgusted with what they have raised? Parents are responsible here..and so are the people....it's called 'personal responsibility' but God help anyone if they have to look in a mirror and do that. Kids used to have to work to earn things but not now. Can't cope? Okay...get a gun, bomb, therapist or just take a pill and escape.
    Pitiful what America has become.

  • PeterMcC

    If you'll allow someone from the UK to comment on this dreadful event — for which all involved have my deepest sympathy — we have very different regulations on guns and we have only ever had one school shooting in the UK. It took place twenty two years ago in Dunblane and sixteen children died. The issues are complex and I wouldn't necessarily say that it's all down to legislation but there may be something in there that is worth exploring.

  • Harrison2253

    Here we go with the guns again. If its not guns it will be knives, swords, bombs or a fast moving vehicle plowing into crowds of students. The results will be the same just a different method. These mentally deranged people will find a way to inflict harm on a grand scale. Shift the focus to the "why" not the "how"

  • TeaPartyCitizen

    We don't want Kim Jung Il to have nuclear weapons so we should not allow citizens to have AR-15's AK-47. etc We allow our kids to die so that a bunch of cowards can feel safe.

  • bgolds

    We need to deal with this the same way we deal with terrorism and illegal immigration.

    Provide super-duper extra-powerful thoughts and extra-special prayers.

  • Sam NotImportant

    We need 60 senator democrats to change law controls, that s gonna take another 6 yrs, if ever happened.

  • bgolds

    Price of freedom, folks.

    Nothing to see here.

    Probably crisis actors hired to act like they were shot.

  • chaos_in_ashland

    You can pray... but that won't help this.

    You can arm the teachers... but that won't stop this.

    We're afraid to take on the gun culture, yet that WILL prevent more deaths.

    This kid had no business obtaining a gun, let alone an AR-15. The gun laws allowed this, and the gun laws are in the bloody hands of the GOP.

    I want my kid to live. Vote the GOP out.


    I thought that after Sandy Hook, the local police were patrolling the campus of local schools along with armed police officers at every school.

    The person that shot up this school was 19, I thought that you had to be the age of majority, 21, to be able to purchase a gun. How did this person get the gun and who helped him, I am sure that will come out.

    Maybe its time to start the internet schooling for High School children and work out way down gradually until every child is getting their education at home.

  • Jason

    The solution is to arm every teacher with a fully automatic AK47, require that all children wear bulletproof vests to school, and have fully-armed security guards patrolling school grounds 24-7.

    C'mon America. Guns aren't the problem.

  • ramaraksha01 .

    This is why Hinduism teaches Reincarnation - the Warrior faith. God needs you down here to put a stop to such horrific events, risk your life. You CAN run away, go hide in Heaven - seems a nice retirement home for those who quit on life, for the weak. But if you want to lead humanity to a Star Wars future, colonize the galaxy, you must be down here. The weak shall inherit Heaven, Life on Earth is for the Strong, the Warrior

  • briteleaf

    America's lobbyists OWN our congress. I can't buy a firecracker in my state because they are "TOO DANGEROUS FOR THE PUBLIC". However, I can buy a semi-automatic, military weapon that folds in half for easy concealment, with a bump stock to make it into a machine gun. I can buy one even if I'm on the No-Fly watch list WITHOUT A BACKGROUND CHECK. Congress didn't do anything to change things even when a classroom of little kids were slaughtered. They are not going to do anything to change the availability of these assault weapons. The media will play it long and hard because if it bleeds, it leads. It will sell more of whatever drug that the pharmaceutical corporation that is dominating prime time tv commercials wants to sell. Nothing will change. The media glorifies it for profit.

  • milolewis

    Maybe it's time to have security guards at school .. We can't stop this from happening .. but maybe we can make it harder for someone to do it .