Breaking news from Maryland: This morning, reports of shots fired in the Great Mills High School caused the school to go on lock-down for several hours. Authorities say that a student gunman shot and critically wounded two students before an armed school resource officer interrupted and shot the shooter.
At this time, the female student, 16, is in critical condition, the male student, 14, is reportedly in stable condition, and the alleged shooter is now deceased. The resource officer was not injured.
St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said, “Our school resource officer was alerted to the event. he pursued the shooter, engaged the shooter, fired a round at the shooter.” “The shooter fired a round as well. In the hours and days to come, we’ll be able to determine if our school resource officer’s round struck the shooter.”
The school, which is located about 60 miles from Washington, D.C., had students evacuated to nearby Leonardtown High School in order to be reunified with their parents.
Jake Heibel, the principal of the school, told parents last month that the school had investigated threats of a possible shooting and found they were “not substantiated.” Heibel told parents that school officials interviewed two students in February who were overheard mentioning a school shooting and found that they posed no threat. His letter was posted on the local news site The Bay Net.
Heibel said the school increased its security after social media posts about a possible school shooting “circulated quite extensively.”
This latest shooting at Great Mills High School, which is one of at least 17 school shootings so far this year, comes days before some 500,000 people are expected to march Saturday in Washington, D.C. to protest gun violence and push for gun control legislation.
The march was in part created by survivors of the February 14 Parkland, Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.