- The Washington Times - Monday, August 27, 2012

Police have arrested a 15-year-old student at Perry Hall High School who officials say randomly fired a gun in the school’s cafeteria on Monday, injuring a 17-year-old senior.

Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson said the victim was in serious condition at a Baltimore hospital. Both the shooter and the victim are students at Baltimore County’s largest public high school, beginning the school year Monday morning with more than 2,300 students.

The shooting took place in the school’s cafeteria during a lunch period around 11 a.m. After the boy fired his weapon, Chief Johnson said he was tackled by a guidance counselor.

The counselor, identified by the Associated Press as Jesse Wasmer, and a school resource officer subdued the student. They got the gun away from him and arrested him. County Superintendent S. Dallas Dance commended the bravery of the teachers at the school.

Few other details about the shooting were released through official channels early Monday afternoon. Police did not comment on a motive.

“We are looking at what took place seconds, minutes and days prior to the shooting,” Chief Johnson said.

According to reports, the shooter posted a suicidal threat on Facebook on Monday morning. “First day of school, last day of my life,” the post reads. Police refused to comment on the posting.

Chief Johnson said police had the gun used by the shooter, but he would not comment on what kind of weapon it was or how the student got it or brought it into the school. According to reports, it was a double-barreled shotgun smuggled into the school on Monday morning.

After the shooting took place, officials escorted the students from Perry Hall High School to a nearby shopping center so parents could pick up their children, said Susan Hunt, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Fire Department.

Officers searched the school for additional weapons but did not find anything.

Perry Hall, located at 4601 Ebenezer Road, is regarded as one of the most successful high schools in the area, Ms. Hunt said.