By Chuck Parks, Editor
A Maryland high school was on lockdown Tuesday morning after reports of a shooting, authorities said. Officials said there has been a shooting Tuesday morning at a high school in southern Maryland, and there are reports of multiple people shot.
St. Mary’s County Public Schools confirmed there was a shooting at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland, south of Washington, D.C. In a statement, the district said the event has been “contained” and the school is on lockdown.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff tweeted, “there has been an incident at Great Mills High School. Parents please DO NOT respond to the school.” Initial reports of the shooting came after classes at Great Mills began at 8 a.m. ET. About 1,600 students attend the school.
Special agents from the ATF are responding to the scene. A reporter with Washington’s ABC7 says there are at least three people have been shot.
In an interview on CNN, a student named Jonathan Freese said a person may have been killed, there are multiple injuries and the shooting occurred in a hallway around 8 a.m. local time. He said there are a couple of “well-trained” officers normally at the school and the response to the incident was prompt.
“I’m still a little shaken up,” he said.
The incident comes just over a month after a mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead. A march against school violence is planned for later in the week.