A shooting was reported Tuesday morning at high school in southeast Maryland. The St. Mary’s County district confirmed Great Mills High School is on lockdown but “the event is contained. ”It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone was injured during the incident, which reportedly began just after 8 a.m. Terrence Rhames, a senior, heard a loud crack before his first-period class.The 18-year-old student told the Baltimore Sun he saw a girl fall as he sprinted toward safety. “I just thank god I’m safe,” he told the newspaper. “I just want to know who did it and who got injured.”
One Great Mills student tweeted frustration that her school was the subject of another school shooting. “You never think it’ll be your school and then it is. Great Mills is a wonderful school and somewhere I am proud to go. Why us?,” tweeted student Mollie Davis Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted: “We are closely monitoring the situation at Great Mills High School. @MDSP is in touch with local law enforcement and ready to provide support. Our prayers are with students, school personnel, and first responders.”The sheriff’s office warned parents “DONOT respond to the school. Report to Leonardtown High School,” which is roughly 10 miles to the west.Maryland State Police confirmed the agency is assisting at the scene, located about 60 miles southeast of Washington, D.C.Agents with the ATF and FBI offices in Baltimore were also responding to the school.
The shooting comes just a month after 17 people were fatally shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
The Feb. 14 massacre has inspired the “March For Our Lives” demonstration against gun violence, which is scheduled to take place in four days in Washington.