Good guy with a gun takes down killer, saves lives at Maryland high school

Tuesday’s shocking school shooting in Maryland was reportedly contained quickly by an armed school resource officer.

A deputy for St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office exchanged fire with a student at Great Mills High School who shot two of his classmates in the hallway, NBC 4 reports. The shooter was killed and one of the victims was left in critical condition.

Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon ).

The resource officer who engaged the perpetrator was not harmed, NBC 4 noted.

The incident reportedly began Tuesday morning when the suspect entered the southeast Maryland high school at the beginning of the school day.

Two students and a mother leave Great Mills High School, the scene of a shooting, Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon).

Once on campus, he pulled out a gun and fired at a 16-year-old female student. A 14-year-old male student was also hit by a bullet before being confronted by the trained deputy sheriff.

The school was placed on lockdown in response to the incident. The Sheriff’s Office asked parents not to report to the school, but to pick their children up at nearby Leonardtown High School.

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The male student is in stable condition, while the female student is in critical condition.

“You train to respond to this and you hope that you never ever have to,” Sheriff Tim Cameron told NBC 4. “This is the realization of your worst nightmare — that, in a school, that our children could be attacked.”

He added, “Now begins the second phase of this operation, and that’s the background and the investigation and the attempt for the school to return to normal.”

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon).

Cameron said there is currently no known motive, nor have authorities discovered a relationship between the perpetrator and the wounded.

Student Jonathan Freese told CNN the school’s police presence made him feel “safe” in the middle of the shooting.

“I do feel safe, though, because they always have police in our school and they’re ready for something like this,” Freese said.

The teenager also remarked that “It’s something they couldn’t really prevent because they only have a couple officers, but they’re really well-trained officers. There could have been more casualties.”

Local law enforcement asked anyone with information about the case to call an FBI line.

The incident took place days ahead of Saturday’s March for Our Lives. The nation-wide event will have its main rally in Washington, D.C. and call for an end to school shootings through gun control.

Activists associated with March for Our Lives, including Parkland students Emma Gonzalez and Jaclyn Corin, pointed to the Great Mills shooting as evidence that more restrictive gun laws are needed.

Others argued that the resource officer’s speedy elimination of the threat demonstrated the importance of having armed personnel in schools–something President Trump has called for.

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Luis Miguel

Luis Miguel

Luis Miguel is a South Florida-based writer covering politics, society, and culture.
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