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A Maryland high school student was critically injured today after being shot in the back by a fellow student, local CBS-affiliate WJZ reported today.
According to WJZ, a seventeen-year-old male was reportedly shot in his school cafeteria this morning and was later rushed to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The shooting suspect, a 15-year-old male who is also a student at Perry Hall High School, was taken into custody, the Baltimore Sun reported.
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The suspect was tackled by two instructors after firing the initial shot, students said to both WJZ and the Baltimore Sun. Chief James Johnson of the Baltimore Country Police confirmed, "As the individual began to pull back from that shooting several inches, an instructor grabbed him, grappled with him and a second shot was discharged."
The school was placed in an immediate lockdown following the shooting, with students still being discharged in the early afternoon. According to the Baltimore Sun, students are being escorted to the Perry Hall Shopping Center and Perry Hall Middle School, where they can meet up with their parents.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz told WJZ, "I want to offer reassurance to everyone that the police department has the situation well under control. It was a random act of shooting...It's a difficult world we live in today. I kind of hoped Baltimore County would be immune, from this type of activity, but apparently we are not."
WJZ reported that parents at the school said there may have been a treat made against the school on Facebook, although there were no confirmed reports.
Monday was the first day of school for Perry Hall High School, which holds about 2,300 students. According to WJZ, spiritual workers and councilors were on the scene to provide support for students and parents.
No further details on the condition of the victim were available. Police said that the shooter did not target the victim but rather shot at random.