Great Mills High School Shooting in St Mary County Maryland
Published 8:45 PSTEdited 9:00 PST
On March 20, 2018 Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County, Maryland there was a report of three individuals injured in a shooting. Students have been on lock-down but were being released to a reunification center at another local high school as of 11:30 EST.
Baltimore Field office of the FBI have agents on the ground investigating the incident. During the incident, there was a student, Jonathan Freese, on the phone with CNN reporting that the police were doing a school-wide clearance.
Freese also reported that the school had done a couple drills in case of an incident like this one however he never expected for something like this to happen.
"I didn't really expect for this to happen. I do always feel safe, though, because they always have police at the school," he said.
The shooter is one of the individuals injured in the shooting however there are no fatalities. He had injured two students prior to an armed school resources officer pulling his gun on the shooter and wounding the shooter in the arm.
The St. Mary's County sheriff, Tim Cameron, confirmed that the shooter had shot a female student also wounding a male student in the hallway prior to exchanging shots with the resources officer who appeared in time to prevent any further injuries.
The principal, Jake Heibel told parents a couple weeks ago that school officials had investigated threats of a possible shooting. The officials had, in the end determined they were "not substantiated." It is not clear whether that incident involved the gunman who opened fire this morning.
According to CNN's research, there have been 16 confirmed school shootings this year in the United States prior to today.
"Less than a WEEK ago Great Mills High School students walked out with us to protest gun violence... now they're experiencing it for themselves," said Jaclyn Corin, a student fighting for gun reform. "The state of our country is disgusting - I'm so sorry, Great Mills."
Great Mills High School has an enrollment of just over 1,500 students, about 56% of them minority students. The school has a four-year graduation rate of 91%, according to the school's 2015-16 improvement plan
The female student is in critical condition, the male student is in stable condition and the shooter, a male, has died, the sheriff said.
According to the MedStar St. Mary's Hospital, the female student is 16, and the other wounded male student is 14.