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Student shooter dead and two injured in shooting at US high school in Maryland

Great Mills High School says the incident has been “contained”.

Updated 3.45 pm 

TWO PEOPLE HAVE been injured and a student shooter is dead after a shooting in an American high school.

A police spokesperson said the two injured are victims who had been shot and that a third person taken to hospital was the suspected shooter.

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Corporal Julie Yingling said there were no other fatalities in the morning shooting at Great Mills High School.

Yingling said the two victims were shot.

All three of the injured were transported to hospitals. The Sheriff’s Department has now confirmed the shooter is dead.

ABC News is reporting that a school resource officer was on duty and “took action to end threat”.

The school had earlier been put on lockdown after a the school posted about the “tragic shooting” this morning.

Great Mills High School said that the incident was been “contained” and that police are at the scene.

Federal agents from the FBI and the ATF were also called to the school.

The school had asked parents to stay away from the school as the situation unfolded.

“There has been a tragic shooting at Great Mills High School. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff is on the scene and the event is contained,” the school wrote on Facebook.

The school is on lockdown, and we ask that you do not come to the school at this time. Students from Great Mills High School will be transported to a reunification centre and parents or guardians of students from Great Mills High School should report to the Leonardtown High School auditorium for reunification.

The St. Mary’s Sheriff department confirmed that there was an incident at the school and tweeted that parents should not go to the school.

Posted by on Thursday, 19 July 2018

The school has about 1,600 students and is near the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, about 104 km southeast of Washington DC.

This latest shooting happened as many students are calling for action against gun violence in schools following the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 people dead on Valentine’s Day.

- With reporting by Associated Press

Read: ‘Enough is enough’: School students across the US stage walkouts against gun violence >

Read: Gunman and three women dead after hostage standoff at veterans’ home in California >

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