The injured were rushed to local hospitals in critical condition. The school was placed on lock down as the situation unfolded. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said there was “no question” the situation would have been worse if the SRO had not engaged the shooter. He also said it’s unclear whether the shooter knew the students who were shot.
Officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Hyattsville offices were at the school after incident. U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, a Democrat who represents Southern Maryland, said his first reaction to hearing of a school shooting in his district was “a deep sense of loss.” As a father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Hoyer said it’s important to keep children safe in schools. Gov. Larry Hogan said he was “closely monitoring” the situation at Great Mill. Education secretary Betsy DeVos called the incident at Great Mills a “horrifying situation,” and said her agency stands ready to help. It’s the 17th school shooting in the United States since January 1. Great Mills High, where the incident occurred, has about 1,600 students.