Tragically, another shooting erupted inside a high school on Tuesday morning. This time, in St. Mary's County, Maryland at Great Mills High School, located 70 miles southeast of Washington D.C.
An armed student has reportedly shot and injured two other students. A girl, age 16, is in critical condition while her 14-year-old classmate has been listed in stable condition, according to CNN. The suspected shooter is dead, St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron confirmed during a press conference. He said that the shooter used a handgun to shoot the victims just before classes started.
“When this shooting took place, our school resource officer who was stationed inside the school was alerted to the event, to the shooting, and he pursued the shooter, engaged the shooter during which that engagement he fired a round at the shooter,” Cameron said. “Simultaneously, the shooter fired a round as well.”
He added that it’s not yet exactly clear if the school resource officer killed the shooter or the shooter killed himself. The resource officer was not injured.
The names of victims and the shooter have not been released.
On this day we realized our worst nightmare," Cameron said. "The notion of 'it can't happen here' is no longer a notion."
The shooting happened in a small, contained area of the school. However, Cameron said there is “no question” that it could have been worse if the school resource officer didn’t engage with the gunman.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement that “Although our pain remains fresh and the facts remain uncertain, today’s horrible events should not be an excuse to pause our conversation about school safety,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
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