Baltimore, Maryland, USA: Police are investigating a shooting at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Maryland where multiple people were injured, St. Mary’s County Public Schools confirmed in a statement. They say the school is on lock down and the event is contained. The statement says the Sheriff’s office is on the scene and there will be additional information to follow.
Parents are being advised to not report to the school and instead report to the auditorium at Leonardtown High School.
St. Mary’s Sheriff @firstsheriff: “There has been an incident at Great Mills High School. Parents please DO NOT respond to the school. Report to Leonardtown High School 7:38 AM – Mar 20, 2018”
Leonardtown HS @LHS_SMCPS: “We are aware of the situation at Great Mills High School. GMHS parents, please report to our auditorium. Leonardtown High School students are safe. 7:43 AM – Mar 20, 2018”.
Special Agents from the ATF Baltimore Hyattsville I and II field offices are en route.
@ATFHQ: “BREAKING: Special Agents from @ATFBaltimore Hyattsville I and II Field Offices are en route to a shooting reported at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Md.7:50 AM – Mar 20, 2018.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement posted on Facebook that three people, including the gunman, were transported to hospitals. The severity of injuries for the other two was not immediately known.
Authorities are not yet releasing the gunman’s identity, the sheriff’s office said. According to The Washington Post, the shooter was also a student at the school.
St. Mary’s County Sheriff Timothy Cameron said at a news conference that two victims – a male and a female student – were injured in the shooting at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Md.
An armed school resource officer apparently responded to the shooting and fired at the gunman. Cameron said it was not yet clear if the officer’s fire was responsible for killing the shooter. The resource officer was not injured in the shooting.
Witnesses to the shooting are being questioned at a secured area in the high school, the sheriff said. The school district said the school was being evacuated and the rest of the students were being taken to Leonardtown High School. Parents were being asked to come there rather than Great Mills.
The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said their agents are on the scene assisting the sheriff’s department.
Great Mills High School is located in southern Maryland, about 60 miles southeast of Washington, D.C.
The shooter was later identified as Great Mills High School student Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17.
Rollins was an Honor Student, the Sheriff said. According to his Facebook page, he was a NASCAR fan.
EARLIER: Christina Marie Maddox Charged For Florida Elementary School “Blow Up” Plot – Jacksonville, Florida, USA: Christina Marie Maddox, 33, of Yulee (Jacksonville Metro), was arrested Friday for allegedly making threats on Facebook to “blow everyone up” at an elementary school during a teacher planning day, according to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office. Christina Marie Maddox faces a felony charge of written threats to kill, according to her arrest affidavit.
Maddox allegedly wrote on Thursday on Facebook that “They have teaching planning day tomorrow and I’ll def be there going to blow everyone up,” her arrest report said.
Police was alerted and she was subsequently contacted by police, read her Miranda rights and taken into custody.
Maddox told the investigator her post was being taken out of context and she meant she was going up there to talk to Yulee Elementary School personnel and that she had no intentions of hurting anyone.
Christina Marie Maddox is being held at the Nassau County Jail and Detention Center. It is not clear if she has an attorney.
In a related development, Ramseur Elementary School in Ramseur, North Carolina was placed on lockdown friday morning and an employee Serena Williams, of Asheboro subsequntly arrested and charged for bringing a handgun into the school cafeteria. .
The employee went into the cafeteria at Ramseur Elementary School with a handgun in a case around 10:10 Friday morning.
“Upon observing the employee with the encased firearm, school staff members immediately reported the incident to the school’s administration,” Randolph County School District spokesperson Tim Moody said.
Law enforcement was then called and they placed the school on lockdown.
According to school officials, they don’t believe the employee intended to use the firearm and it was never seen out of its case. Students were not near the employee while the person was in possession of the encased firearm.
Police say Serena L. Williams admitted, after her arrest, to having the gun on school property.
The lockdown was lifted at 11:05 a.m.
During the investigation, authorities say Williams admitted to bringing the gun on school grounds. Williams was charged with possession of a weapon on educational property.
She was given a $2,000 bond.
This same week, Dennis Alexander, three students were injured after a teacher, Dennis Alexander, who is also the city’s Mayor Pro Tempore and a reserve police officer, accidentally fired a gun inside a Seaside High School, California classroom, on the Monterey Peninsula according to investigators.
Dennis Alexander was teaching a course on public safety, when his gun went off. He was pointing the gun at the ceiling at the time. Pieces of the ceiling fell to the floor.
A 17-year-old boy was injured when fragments from the bullet ricocheted off the ceiling and lodged into his neck. The teen did not suffer life-threatening injuries. The two other students had minor injuries.
Teachers cannot legally possess firearms in California classrooms.
Alexander has been placed on administrative leave from both the school and Sand City Police Department.
In Virginia, Tuesday, a school resource officer accidentally fired his gun inside a middle school in Alexandria during school hours, police say. No one was hurt. The officer was inside his office at George Washington Middle School in the Del Ray neighborhood when he accidentally discharged his service weapon about 9:10 a.m., according to Alexandria police.
The shot was fired as the officer, a five-year veteran of the Alexandria Police Department, was sitting down in his office, police said.
The name of the officer has not been disclosed.
This is even as students nationwide, as planned, stood up in their classrooms and walked out of their schools for 17 minutes – on National Walkout Day – beginning at 10 a.m. in their respective local time zones in order to pressure Congress to approve gun control legislation after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17. Students also sat silently with backs to White House for 17 minutes on #NationalWalkoutDay.
Viacom’s MTV, Nickelodeon, BET and Comedy Central have all later suspended programming for 17 minutes in support of the national student walkout over gun violence.
The protests came 10 days before major “March for Our Lives” protests scheduled for Saturday, March 24, in Washington and elsewhere. On March 24, students are expected to amass in Washington and other cities for the March for Our Lives coordinated by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group backed by Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor.
More walkouts are planned on April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999.