Tuesday morning an armed gunman walked on to a Maryland high school and shot two students, critically injuring them.
He started shooting just after classes began at Great Mills High School.
According to County Sheriff Tim Cameron, the shooter pulled his gun on a female student and shot her. Moments later a school resource officer engaged the suspect in a shootout and injured him. Another male student was hit during this exchange.
“The school resource officer was not injured in the shooting. Both the shooter and the female victim are in critical condition and the male victim, who was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s, is in critical but stable condition,” reports the Daily Mail.
“It’s unclear if there was a relationship between the shooter and the two victims,” Cameron said.
Via the Daily Mail: Shortly after 8:30am, the St Mary’s County Sheriff confirmed there had been a shooting at the school, but said the situation was ‘contained’.
Parents were told to stay away from the school, and to instead go to nearby Leonardtown High School to be reunited with their children, who will be taken there once they are evacuated from their classrooms.
A press conference is expected to take place some time this morning.
CNN spoke to a student named Jonathan Freese, during the school lockdown, and stated the incident occurred in the art hallway just moments after school began.
“I’m still a little shaken up. I didn’t think it would happen,” Freese told CNN.
Student Mollie Davis tweeted she heard a “loud sound and everyone started screaming and running.”
“You never think it’ll be your school and then it is. Great Mills is a wonderful school and somewhere I am proud to go. Why us?” Davis added.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said, “Our prayers are with students, school personnel, and first responders,” and claimed to be “closely monitoring the situation.”
Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer also said his ‘prayers are with the students, parents, and teachers’ at the school.
The FBI and ATF are on the scene and helping local law enforcement teams investigate.
The shooting comes just four days before the March for Our Lives, a demonstration in Washington, DC and in other cities across the country, calling for increased gun control. The march was organized by survivors of the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead.