Great Mills High School Shooting: Two Students, Gunman Injured

Updated | A Maryland high school in St. Mary's County was placed on lockdown Tuesday morning following a shooting. Two students were injured and a student shooter was fatally shot at Great Mills High School, the St. Mary's County sheriff confirmed.

Sheriff Tim Cameron said that the alleged gunman entered the high school at the beginning of the school day and opened fire in a hallway. Two students, a girl and a boy, were injured, WRC-TV in Washington reported.

The alleged gunman exchanged shots with a school resource officer (SRO) on campus before being wounded, Cameron said. The three students were transported to MedStar St. Mary's Hospital, according to The Bay Net.

Cameron later confirmed that the student shooter is dead. The remaining students are in critical condition, but the officer was not injured.

The identities of the two students injured and the alleged shooter have not been released.

Terrence Rhames, a senior at the school, told The Baltimore Sun he was with his friends outside their first period class around 8 a.m. when he heard a shot. Rhames said he took off running, first heading toward a first floor bathroom before deciding to sprint toward the nearest exit.

The 18-year-old said he saw a girl fall out of the corner of his eye. "I just thank God I'm safe," Rhames told the newspaper. "I just want to know who did it and who got injured."

"There has been a Shooting at Great Mills High School. The school is on lock down the event is contained, the Sheriff's office is on the scene additional information to follow," St. Mary's County Public Schools tweeted early Tuesday.

Corporal Julie Yingling, of the county sheriff's office, told WTOP that the scene is "no longer active."

Cameron told WRC-TV that his department has prepared for this type of incident. However, he noted that despite the quick response from law enforcement, two students were still injured.

"You train to respond to this and you hope that you never ever have to," he told NBC Washington. "This is the realization of your worst nightmare—that, in a school, that our children could be attacked. And so as that SRO responded and engaged, there's grievous injuries to two students."

Parents were urged not to go to Great Mills High School but instead report to Leonardtown High School to reunite with their children.

Students are being evacuated from GMHS and being bused to the reunification center at the Leonardtown HS campus. The building is orderly and the Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation. We will continue to update as more information becomes available.

— SMCPS_MD (@SMCPS_MD) March 20, 2018

This story has been updated to include St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron's confirmation that the student shooter is dead.