An unidentified 15-year-old boy has been arrested after a shooting that occurred this morning at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore, MD.
At 10:45 a.m. today, the first day of school for Perry High students, a 15-year-old walked into the cafeteria and proceeded to pull out a gun. He fired a shot into a 17-year-old student, and before he could do more damage, two members of the school staff were able to wrestle him to the ground.
“We have some heroic and brave faculty members,” Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance commended. “They responded very quickly to minimize damage.”
After the shooting, the school was evacuated and students were taken to a nearby school and shopping center.
The male victim remains in critical condition at Shock Trauma, while the shooter is currently being questioned by the police.
A Facebook page that allegedly belongs to the suspect had a last post from earlier today, “First day of school, last day of my life. t(~_~t), f— the world.”
“Police are working with the state’s attorney to determine what charges will be placed and whether the 15-year-old suspect will be charged as a juvenile or an adult,” police department spokeswoman Elise Armacost said.
“Though police believe the suspect acted alone, police plan to enhance their presence at the school tomorrow,” she also added. “The police department’s critical incident stress debriefing team has been activated to provide support for students and faculty.”
A reporter spoke to the suspect’s father who confirmed that his son was the shooter and that he was bullied in school. A family relative also released a statement, “We are horrified. We did not see this coming and our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and the victim’s family.”
When reporters went to the suspect’s mother’s house, no one answered, but a sign greeted them at the door. “We don’t call 911,″ it read, along with an illustration of a gun.
With the initial shock settling in for the community, it’s another reminder of the rising rate of gun violence in the country. “This is a very comfortable, very safe community, and it’s an excellent high school,” said County Councilman David Mark. “I think this is an aberration, but clearly one that is horrifying, particularly on the first day of school.”