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Paramedics had to wait for permission to go into Parkland school after shooting, report says

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Posted at 11:50 AM, Jun 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-01 11:50:59-04

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Paramedics asked several times for permission to go inside a South Florida high school to treat students wounded by a school shooter but were told by a sheriff's commander that "she would have to check."

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A report released by the Coral-Springs-Parkland Fire Department on Thursday shows that the requests were made before the shooter had been caught. Seventeen people were killed inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last February.

The Sun Sentinel of South Florida reports that Deputy Chief Michael McNally kept asking to send in extra paramedics besides the SWAT-trained medics already inside the school to treat students in rooms that had already been searched and found to be safe.

McNally says he was told the Broward County sheriff's commander would have to check before approving the request.