A shooter opened fire on Tuesday morning at a Maryland high school, attempting to take innocent lives. Little did the shooter know there was a brutal surprise waiting around the corner for them instead. You don’t want to miss this.
According to Daily Caller, a campus shooting has taken place at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County. Thankfully, this time, the armed resource officer on campus wasn’t a coward and headed straight for the shooter once he was alerted by other students.
Local news source WTOP reports that an unidentified male student entered the campus of St. Mary’s early Tuesday morning and pulled a gun out before shooting a female student in a hallway. A male student was also hit by the bullet according to police. This is when the armed resource officer was alerted to the shooting by other students.
The armed resource officer at Great Mills High School did not take up a “tactical position” outside the school and radio for help nor did he waste any time pacing back and forth while innocent lives were at risk. Instead, according to St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron, the resource officer headed straight for the shooter to engage him.
This is exactly what the resource officer in Parkland, Florida, should have done but didn’t as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz murdered 17-innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The difference in the outcomes speaks for itself.
Sheriff Cameron told NBC Washington that the resource officer engaged the shooter immediately after being alerted to the shooting and exchanged gunfire with him. The shooter was reportedly struck by the resource officer’s gunfire and fatally wounded. According to NBC Washington, the shooter was declared dead a short time later.
“You train to respond to this and you hope that you never ever have to,” Cameron said. “This is the realization of your worst nightmare — that, in a school, that our children could be attacked. And so as quickly … as that SRO responded and engaged, there’s grievous injuries to two students,” he continued.
“Now begins the second phase of this operation, and that’s the background and the investigation and the attempt for the school to return to normal,” he added.
The female student who was shot by the gunman is currently listed in critical condition and the male student who was struck is in stable condition. The sheriff said that investigators are still trying to determine the relationship between the students and that a motive is not yet clear.
The armed resource officer was not injured during the shootout with the gunman. Police have not yet released information on what kind of gun the shooter had in his possession or if there were multiple firearms.
Students were evacuated from the campus and transported to Leonardtown High School just before 10 a.m., according to a statement from the school district. Investigators kept some students, who witnessed the shooting at Great Mills High School, behind for interviews.
St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s office advised the parents of students to go to the auditorium at Leonardtown High School so they could be reunited with their children. All other schools in St. Mary’s County reportedly kept their normal daily schedules.
Thank God for this brave resource officer at Great Mills High School. In a horrific situation, the officer answered cries for help and immediately ran toward the gunman to protect the students. Who knows how many more students may have been shot if the officer did what Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson did when Nikolas Cruz started shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month.
There’s no comparison between the two officers. The Great Mills High School resource officer is a hero and deserves a tremendous amount of gratitude from the parents of students who are safely returning home today. The members of Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Parkland, Florida, who stood down while innocent people were murdered, should be watching this incident with a deep sense of shame and regret. The people of St. Mary’s County, Maryland, should be proud of their law enforcement officers.