At Baltimore County High School it was the first day of classes on Monday but no one could have fathomed what was to come. A 15 year old student opened fire wounding a classmate before teachers intervened to stop any further damage and injury.
The victim was a 17 year old male while the shooter was a 15 year old who is also a student at Perry Hall High School.
Earlier reports by the police suggested that the shootout was a "was a one-on-one grudge situation."
The suspect was taken into custody immediately and the policed took the weapon as well. The details regarding the gun have not been revealed by the police yet.
The student walked in at 10:45 a.m. into the cafeteria and pulled out a gun. He fired a gunshot before being held by the teacher and another shot went off while the teachers held onto him.
The victim was rushed to the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center; CBS station WJZ-TV reports. The condition of the male student is reported as critical.
"It's horrible," Gerald Roman, an 11th grader, told WJZ-TV. "I mean, you would think the school would have better security than this, maybe metal detectors."
Another junior at Perry Hall, Kelsey Long said was in the cafeteria while it happened. In a tweet message to The Associated Press, she said “I heard a loud popping noise and we thought it was someone popping a bag, but then we heard it again and everyone started screaming and ran out to the front of the school."
The police reported that several other students suffered minor injuries during the incident. The injuries were non-shooting though. Had the teachers not controlled the situation, it could have gotten worse.
"We have some heroic and brave faculty members," Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance said. "They responded very quickly to minimize damage."
The exact motive has not been yet stated by the police. The students were evacuated shortly after the incident to a nearby shopping center and middle school.
Perry Hall High School is the largest in the county with 2,200 students. County Councilman David Marks said he received numerous messages from worried parents and residents after the tragic incident. The Councilman lives next door to the school.
"This is a very comfortable, very safe community, and it's an excellent high school," said Marks, who graduated from Perry Hall. "I think this is an aberration, but clearly one that is horrifying, particularly on the first day of school."
More details are expected to come out soon as the police investigate the incident.