Gunman In Maryland High School Shooting Dead, 2 Students Wounded

BREAKING: Gunman opens fire inside US school – 'MASS CASUALTY Incident declared'

BREAKING: Gunman opens fire inside US school – 'MASS CASUALTY Incident declared'

The school day had barely begun on Tuesday morning when the student, who has not been identified, shot a male student and a female student at Great Mills High School in St Mary's County before the campus security officer intervened, county Sheriff Timothy Cameron told a news conference.

While the 14 year-old victim's condition has been described as "good" by local news and authorities, Willey is now in critical condition with life-threatening injuries at UM Prince George's Hospital Center and the shooter has been declared deceased.

The shooting ended after an armed school resource officer exchanged gunfire with the attacker, who is reportedly dead.

"We recently had a protest about school violence last week, and now this has happened", said Kameron Norwood, 16, as he and other students waited for relatives to pick them up from a nearby high school.

Sheriff Cameron told reporters at an afternoon press briefing that Deputy Gaskill, a six-year veteran of the force who is in his first year at Great Mills High School, was able to contain the situation within 1 minute of the time the initial shot was sacked.

The family of Jaelynn Willey issued a statement Tuesday confirming she was wounded in the shooting at Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County.

Under the banner #ENOUGH, tens of thousands of U.S. high school students walked out of classrooms around the country on March 14 to protest gun violence. He added that the shooting should not halt the conversation on school safety, but rather "serve as a call to action".

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Gaskill was not injured, Cameron said.

Deputy Blaine Gaskill, the SRO, had SWAT training and been assigned to Great Mills since the beginning of the school year, Baltimore Sun reported. It occurred amid a re-energised national debate over school shootings after 17 students and faculty were killed in a rampage on February 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the deadliest mass shooting at a US high school. Number of USA citizens backing gun control rises: poll The number of USA citizens who want more gun control is growing, an NPR/Ipsos poll said.

"No parent should have to worry about when they send their kids off in the morning to school whether they are going to come home safely or not", said Gov. Hogan. Leonardtown High School said they are aware of the situation and students are safe.

Investigators say the shooter used a glock semi-automatic handgun.

Al Murray shot video of police responding to the shooting at the high school Tuesday.

There's been a lot of debate lately about whether more guns in schools are the answer. Gun control advocates, however, have urged for a ban on semiautomatic rifles, stricter background checks and other measures to limit ease of access to weapons. "I've never heard people sound so scared", one student said. "Now my school is the target", she said.

Larry Hogan, the governor of Maryland, called Gaskill a "tough guy". The cop was unhurt but the student was wounded and later died, the sheriff said. He responded to the shootings in less than a minute and the whole incident was over within seconds, authorities said.

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