Thursday 20 September 2018

Student who wounded two pupils shot dead at US school

St. Mary's Sheriff Timothy Cameron. Photo: Getty Images
St. Mary's Sheriff Timothy Cameron. Photo: Getty Images

Jonathan Allen

A student who shot and wounded two fellow pupils at a US high school yesterday morning died after exchanging gunfire with a campus security officer, police have said.

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

"Our school resource officer was alerted to the event and the shots being fired," Mr Cameron said. "He pursued the shooter, engaged the shooter; during that engagement he fired a round at the shooter. Simultaneously, the shooter fired a round as well."

The officer was not harmed, the sheriff said.

The latest in a long string of deadly shootings at US schools and universities took place little more than a month after 17 students and teachers were shot dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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That attack sparked a new student movement against gun violence, including a national school walkout last week which Great Mills students participated in. It occurred just days before a planned Saturday march in Washington calling for new restrictions on guns.

Parkland students and Great Mills students exchanged supportive messages on Twitter following the shooting. "We are here for you, students of Great Mills, together we can stop this from ever happening again," Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Stoneman Douglas High School who survived last month's rampage, wrote on Twitter.

A 14-year-old male student was in good condition after treatment at MedStar St Mary's Hospital, according to hospital officials. A 16-year-old female student, who had been in critical condition, was stabilised and transferred to another hospital, they said.

The shooter used a handgun in the attack, the sheriff said.

The public school's around 1,600 students were later escorted off campus by police.

"You never think it'll be your school and then it is," Mollie Davis, who identified herself as a student at the school, wrote on Twitter. "Great Mills is a wonderful school and somewhere I am proud to go. Why us?"

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