March 20, 2018 – An armed student who shot two other students at Great Mills High School in Maryland on Tuesday morning has died, according to St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron.

The sheriff said the school resource officer engaged the shooter and ended the threat, which occurred in a hallway just before classes began. The officer fired a round at the shooter, who was armed with a handgun, and the shooter fired a round as well, Cameron said.

The gunman was later pronounced dead, and the officer was not injured, the sheriff said. A male student, 14, is in stable condition and a female student, 16, is in critical condition, he said. It’s the 17th school shooting in the United States since January 1.

“This is what we train for, this is what we prepare for, and this is what we pray that we never have to do. On this day, we realized our worst nightmare,” Cameron said.

“The notion of ‘it can’t happen here’ is no longer a notion.”