Two students were shot by a fellow student this morning in Great Mills, Maryland, moments before classes where scheduled to start.
However, this Maryland School district allows armed and tried school resource officers to help protect their students.
Great Mills High School remained on lockdown after the shooting was “contained” when a school resource officer “engaged” the gunman, St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron told NBC Washington.
The shooter was injured and taken to the hospital, where he later died, officials said…
The chaos unfolded before 8 a.m. ET when the gunman walked into the 1,600-student school and fired a round at a 16-year-old female student, also hitting a 14-year-old male.
The school resource officer was alerted to the gunfire and “quickly” confronted the gunman, according to Cameron.
The officer fired “at least a round at the shooter, and I believe the shooter also fired a round,” Cameron said, without detailing how the gunman was injured. The officer was not wounded.
The old saying is proven true again here; “the best thing to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.”
The local sheriff confirmed this to the Washington Post:
Cameron said there was “no question” the situation would have been worse if the SRO had not engaged the shooter in an interview with The Post.
Cameron said they are still investigating a motive and it’s unclear whether the shooter knew the students who were shot.
Thank goodness Great Mills High School has the common sense to allow an armed school safety officer to protect their students. Clearly, the decisive action of the resource officer prevented this horrific event from being much, much worse.
The only fatality from the incident was the gunman, who died of his wounds at the hospital.