Reports came in Tuesday morning of a shooting at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. The school district reported that the event is “contained” but the campus is on lock down. Parents are being directed to a different school.
There has been a Shooting at Great Mills High School. The school is on lock down the event is contained, the Sheriff's office is on the scene additional information to follow.
Parents/Guardians should go to Leonardtown HS for reunification with GMHS students
— SMCPS_MD (@SMCPS_MD) March 20, 2018
The county Sheriff says that the shooter was a student and hit at least two other students. The shooter and a female student are in critical condition.
St. Mary Co. Sheriff Tim Cameron on shooting at Great Mills HS: shooting happened in hallway; shooter, a student, fired at a female student, another was student hit. Armed school resource ofc, a deputy, exchanged shots w/ shooter; shooter & female student in critical condition
— Peggy Fox (@PeggyTV) March 20, 2018
A student named Jonathan Freese called into CNN and explained that he had been in lockdown in his classroom for about a half hour. He said the incident took place earlier in the morning and that several people were hurt, although he did not witness the event. He ended the call when he was being escorted out of the classroom by police.
Some students are also tweeting out information from the school, but details are limited.
Hi Twitter. I am in Great Mills HS. My school is on a very real lockdown threat and there’s already someone possibly dead. Please pray for us.
— Mollie Davis (@davism0llie) March 20, 2018
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
UPDATE: In a statement to the press, the sheriff’s office confirmed that the shooter was a male student and that he fired a handgun at a female student and male student in a school hallway. The female student is in critical condition and the male student is in stable condition. A school resource officer (SRO) fired back at the shooter, who is confirmed deceased, but it’s unconfirmed if the SRO’s shot was the cause. None of the individuals have been publicly engaged. More details will be provided at a press conference at 1 PM.