MARYLAND — Two students were injured in a shooting and the suspected shooter is dead after gunfire broke out at a Maryland high school Tuesday morning, prompting the campus to lockdown as deputies and federal agents converged on the crime scene.
The incident happened at Great Mills High School.
St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cpl. Julie Yingling says the two victims were shot, but she doesn’t know how the shooter was injured. She also didn’t have the identities of the any of the three injured.
The Associated Press later reported the the shooter was shot and killed by a resource officer at the school.
The accused shooter and two victims were transported to hospitals.
The Baltimore Sun reported that a student said the shooting happened around 8 a.m. Terrence Rhames, 18, told the Sun that he heard a gunshot and saw a girl fall as he ran for an exit. “I just thank god I’m safe,” Rhames said. “I just want to know who did it and who got injured.”
The St. Mary’s County Public Schools said situation was “contained” after the shooting at Great Mills High School, which has about 1,600 students and is near the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, about 65 miles southeast of Washington.
The county sheriff said deputies are on the scene, and told parents or guardians to stay away, urging them to go instead to Leonardtown High School to reunite with Great Mills students there. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweeted that its agents are going to the scene.
The school had investigated threats of a possible shooting last month and found they were “not substantiated.”
Great Mills High School Principal Jake Heibel told parents last month that school officials interviewed two students in February who were overheard mentioning a school shooting and found that they posed no threat. But Heibel said the school still increased its security after social media posts about a possible school shooting “circulated quite extensively.”