15-year-old charged as adult for high school shooting
Police work to secure Perry Hall High School after a shooting was reported early Monday morning. (Source: WJZ/CNN)
The entrance to Perry Hall High School, where a student was critically injured by gunfire on the first day back to school. (Source: Wikipedia)
NOTTINGHAM, MD (RNN) - A 15-year-old boy has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault after he allegedly shot a classmate at Perry Hall High School near Baltimore on Monday.
Robert Wayne Gladden Jr. is set to have a preliminary hearing on Sept. 7. The shooting left a 17-year-old classmate in critical condition.
Gladden is accused of opening fire in a cafeteria at Perry Hall High School around 10:45 a.m. ET on Monday.
Authorities have yet to release details on possible motives in the case, although at a press conference Monday Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said the shooting appeared to be random.
"We believe that the suspect fired one round and just struck the individual," Johnson said. "We do not believe he was targeted."
A status update posted on Gladden's Facebook page hours before the shooting was widely circulated among parents Monday before police revealed they had taken Gladden into custody.
"First day of school, last day of my life… [Expletive] the world," it said.
According to multiple reports, Gladden allegedly shot his unnamed male classmate in the back.
The 17-year-old was flown to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He was the only person injured by gunfire, although a number of his classmates were treated for emotional trauma.
Authorities attributed the low injury count to the swift action of staff and faculty members at Perry Hall High School. After the gunman shot his classmate, a staff member tackled him, causing his second round to hit the ceiling.
With the help of multiple faculty members, a school police officer arrested the shooter.
Students told CBS Baltimore they were under lockdown for as long as two hours after the shooting.
The shooting happened on the first day back to school for students in the Baltimore County Public Schools district. The school is the largest in the county, with more than 2,000 students.
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