Parents wait to reunite with their children after a student was shot and critically wounded on the first day of classes at Perry Hall High School, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012.
A student was shot and critically wounded on the first day of classes at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore County Monday morning. The suspect was quickly taken into custody.
"A young man who we have identified as a student at this high school entered the cafeteria where he had removed from concealment a weapon that he had brought into the school building," said James Johnson, Baltimore County Police Chief. "Immediately educators responded after seeing this. As they were responding he discharged one round striking another student who was 17 years of age."
A hospital spokeswoman said the teen that was shot is in critical condition.
The school was evacuated, and hundreds of students were escorted to a nearby shopping center and middle school where they were collected by their loved ones. Chief Johnson says the suspect acted alone. He refused to speculate about a motive.
Perry Hall is a middle-class community along the Interstate 95 corridor, northeast of Baltimore city. The school is the largest in the county, with 2,200 students.