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When he arrived at Perry Hall High School — the county's largest school, serving the quiet, middle-class suburbs northeast of Baltimore — he attended his first two classes. On the way to lunch, he stashed the bag with the gun in a restroom.
He was inside the cafeteria briefly before returning to the restroom to assemble the double-barreled shotgun, which was manufactured before 1968 and had been taken from his father’s house in Middle River, police said.
At some point he sipped from the vodka bottle, but he was not drunk, police said. He hid the gun under his clothing and went back to the cafeteria.
Once inside the bustling lunchroom, he lifted the shotgun and fired at a nearby table, striking Borowy, police said. But Psoras said Gladden fired the first shot into the ground. He said the second shot was fired accidentally as school staff struggled with his client for control of the gun.
School officials and witnesses praised guidance counselor Jesse Wasmer for wrestling the gun out of Gladden’s hands.
“This situation could have been much, much worse,” county schools Superintendent Dallas Dance said. “Thanks to Jesse for his quick thinking.”
The victim, Borowy, has Down syndrome, according to classmates. His family issued a statement thanking supporters for their prayers and asking for privacy.
Gladden was being held without bail. A bail review was expected Wednesday, and assistant state’s attorney Garret Glennon said he would argue that the teen continue to be held without bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Sept. 7.
Psoras cautioned against a rush to judgment.
“There are no pat generalizations that can ever explain these types of cases. The human brain is exceptionally complex,” he said. “When all the facts come out, you’ll see that Mr. Gladden was not some demon.”
Classes resumed Tuesday at the school amid a low-key police presence. About 150 students turned out for a prayer vigil organized by local churches on the school grounds. Some students wore T-shirts and bracelets reading “Pray for Daniel” and “Team Wasmer” in reference to the victim and the guidance counselor.
Nuckols reported from Washington.
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