Police say armed school resource officer stopped shooting in Maryland

· March 20, 2018  
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St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron
St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron speaks during a press conference in Great Mills, Maryland, on March 20, 2018. Jim Watson | Getty Images

A school shooter at Great Mills High School in Maryland was stopped by an armed school resource officer Tuesday, police say. Two students were injured in the gunman’s attack. The gunman has died from his injuries.

In a press briefing on the shooting, St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said that the officer fired at the gunman, who returned fire with a handgun. “He pursued the shooter and engaged the shooter,” Cameron said.

A 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl are being treated at local hospitals for their injuries.

The shooting happened around 8 a.m. at the school. The St. Mary’s County school was put on lockdown and students were evacuated.

“This is what we train for. This is what we prepare for and this is what we pray we never have to to,” Cameron said. “And on this day we realized our worst nightmare that our greatest asset — our children — were attacked in a bastion of safety and security, one of our schools.”

Update: The resource officer has been identified as Deputy Blaine Gaskill.

Editor’s note: An unedited version of this article was inadvertently published. It has been replaced with the edited version.

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