By KENDRA MANN, WJLA
ST. MARY'S COUNTY, Md. (WJLA) - A school resource officer has been credited for stopping a school shooter Tuesday morning at Great Mills High School, the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Department announced during a press conference.
Officials say, once alerted to the shooting, the resource officer jumped into action and pursued the shooter. During the pursuit, the officer fired a round at the shooter, who simultaneously shot at the officer, the sheriff said during the conference.
The shooter was hit during the engagement, but officials confirmed an investigation will remain ongoing to determine if it was the officer's round that struck the shooter. Authorities say the shooter was taken to a hospital, but was pronounced dead around 10:15 a.m.
“Our school resource officer who was stationed inside the school was alerted...he pursued the shooter, engaged the shooter, during which that engagement he fired a round at the shooter. Simultaneously, the shooter fired a round as well,” official says of Maryland school shooting pic.twitter.com/5nlwZovPkH— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 20, 2018
The shooting started shortly before classes began, according to the sheriff's office who also confirmed two students were injured - a 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl.