Shooter dead, 2 students injured in Great Mills High shooting

Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill

The Parkland shooting has sparked a renewed discussion about gun violence and gun control in the United States, including whether more guns in schools will help protect students, rather than fewer.

A student who shot and critically wounded two fellow students at a Maryland high school on Tuesday morning, died after exchanging gunfire with a campus security officer, the county sheriff said.

"Simultaneously the shooter fired a round as well". A female student is in critical condition, while the other is in critical but stable condition, Cameron said.

She says all three had been transported to hospitals.

"These students are literally just not taking "no" for an answer", Cardin said. Julie Yingling says there have been no fatalities in the Tuesday morning shooting at Great Mills High School.

The relationship between the students and the shooter's motivation were unclear, Mr. Cameron said.

Jonathan Freese, a student at Great Mills, told CNN he was in lockdown in his math class. Police are going through classrooms to clear the school, and students will then be escorted out of the school, Freese said. The county sheriff said parents or guardians should stay away, urging them to go instead to Leonardtown High School to reunite with Great Mills students there.

Great Mills high school has about 1,600 students. She was getting out of her vehicle when other students came running from the school building, screaming and yelling.

The other student injured is a male student, who was shot after the female student. She said that she heard something that sounded like a balloon pop. Police officers later came to her class, and also told them that they would be evacuated.

Just last month, the school's principal, Jake Heibel, told parents in a letter posted on the local news site The Bay Net that two students were interviewed after they were overheard mentioning a school shooting, and they were found to pose no threat.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are heading to the school, as well as FBI agents from the Baltimore office.

Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer praised the first responders, saying the officer at the school "answered the call this morning with swiftness, professionalism, and courage".

The shooting comes a month after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

On Saturday, March 24, students will take part in the March for Our Lives in Washington, DC, to protest gun violence in America.

Twenty-five guns - including semi-automatic rifles, handguns and ammunition - were seized from both teens' bedrooms.



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