A male student who reportedly entered Great Mills High School in Maryland on Tuesday morning and shot two other students with a handgun has died from his injuries, St. Mary’s Country Sheriff Tim Cameron told reporters Tuesday.
The alleged shooter struck a male and a female student and both were transported to a local hospital, according to Cameron. The male victim is in stable condition and the female’s condition is critical, he said. While it is unclear how the alleged shooter died, a school resource officer opened fire to attempt to halt the attack, Cameron said.
The shooting occurred just before classes started at Great Mills on Tuesday. The school resource officer and student witnesses are currently being questioned at the high school. The rest of the building has been evacuated, the sheriff said.
Local police told parents to avoid coming to the high school and instructed them to go instead to Leonardtown High School to reunite with Great Mills students there, according to the AP.
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan both tweeted that they were monitoring the situation and said their “prayers” are with the students.
We are closely monitoring the situation at Great Mills High School. @MDSP is in touch with local law enforcement and ready to provide support. Our prayers are with students, school personnel, and first responders.
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) March 20, 2018
I’m closely monitoring reports of an incident at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County. My prayers are with the students, parents, and teachers. Please follow instruction from local law enforcement responding on the scene. https://t.co/1zsRh8W7n8
— Steny Hoyer (@WhipHoyer) March 20, 2018