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Great Mills High School in Maryland is on lockdown Tuesday morning after a shooting at the school, the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office said.

The event has been contained, the sheriff's office said.
There was no immediate information about any possible injuries or deaths.
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    A spokesman for the FBI's Baltimore field office said its agents are on the scene of the incident. Special agents from the ATF's Baltimore office are en route to the reported shooting, that office tweeted.
      Jonathan Freese, a student at Great Mills, told CNN he was in lockdown in his math class. Police were going through classrooms to clear the school, and students will then be escorted out of the school, Freese said.
      "I'm still a little shaken up," he said.
      Freese said the school had held drills a couple of times for this kind of situation.
      Law enforcement responds to a shooting at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland, on Tuesday.
       
      Law enforcement responds to a shooting at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland, on Tuesday.
      "I didn't really expect for this to happen. I do always feel safe, though, because they always have police at the school," he said.
      According to CNN's research, there have been 16 confirmed school shootings this year in the United States prior to today.
      Great Mills High School has an enrollment of just over 1,500 students, and the student body was about 56% minority students and had a four-year graduation rate of 91%, according to the school's 2015-16 improvement plan.
      Last week, students at Great Mills High School walked out of class as part of a student-led protest against school violence in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
       
       
      Al Murray shot video of police responding to the shooting at the high school Tuesday. He says he saw at least one officer run into the building with a shotgun or rifle.
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      Great Mills High School in Maryland was on lockdown after a shooting on Tuesday morning, school officials confirmed.

      The incident was contained and the St. Mary's Sheriff's Office was on the scene, the school said on its website. Maryland State Police also told Fox News they were responding to the incident. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were also heading to the scene.

       

      There has been a Shooting at Great Mills High School. The school is on lock down the event is contained, the Sheriff's office is on the scene additional information to follow.
      Parents/Guardians should go to Leonardtown HS for reunification with GMHS students

       
       

      The Sheriff's Office warned parents to not "respond to the school" but instead go to Leonardtown High School, where students will be transported.

      NBC Washington reported multiple injuries, but that was not immediately confirmed by authorities.

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      A shooting was reported Tuesday morning at Great Mills High School in Maryland.  (GMHS)

      Special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives [ATF] are traveling to the school to investigate the incident. 

       

      BREAKING: Special Agents from @ATFBaltimore Hyattsville I and II Field Offices are en route to a shooting reported at Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County, Md.

       
       

      Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted Tuesday that his office is “closely monitoring the situation at Great Mills High School.”

      “Maryland State Police is in touch with local law enforcement and ready to provide support. Our prayers are with students, school personnel, and first responders,” Hogan wrote.

       

      We are closely monitoring the situation at Great Mills High School. @MDSP is in touch with local law enforcement and ready to provide support. Our prayers are with students, school personnel, and first responders.

       
       

      The school is located about 60 miles from Washington, D.C.

      The incident comes more than a month after the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. That massacre, carried out by a former student, left 17 people dead. The shooting also comes days before some 500,000 people were expected to march Saturday in Washington, D.C. to protest gun violence and honor those killed in the Parkland massacre.

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      A student pulled a gun out and shot two other students at a high school in southeast Maryland Tuesday morning before the shooter was wounded, the St. Mary’s County sheriff said.

      The gunman entered Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland, at the beginning of the school day and opened fire in the hallway, Sheriff Tim Cameron said. A teenage girl and boy were injured in the shooting. 

       

      The shooter exchanged fire with a school resource officer on campus and was wounded, Cameron said. All three students are in critical condition, but the officer wasn’t injured. It wasn’t yet clear who shot the gunman.

      The school is locked down and the incident has been contained, according to the the website of Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland. The school didn't give further information.

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      Deputies were called to the school just before 8 a.m. The school is located about 60 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. 

      Cameron told News4 that his department prepares for this type of event, but he noted that despite the quick response of the school resource officer, or SRO, two students were still shot.

       

      "You train to respond to this and you hope that you never ever have to," he said. "This is the realization of your worst nightmare — that, in a school, that our children could be attacked. And so as quickly … as that SRO responded and engaged, there’s grievous injuries to two students."

      He added, "Now begins the second phase of this operation and that’s the background and the investigation and the attempt for the school to return to normal, so to speak."

       

      A Twitter post from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office asked parents not to report to the school due to the incident, but to go to a high school in nearby Leonardtown instead. 

      Agents of the were Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were traveling to the school to assist with the investigation.  

       

      Parents of students at Great Mills High School are being told to report to Leonardtown High School to receive information.

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      Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said in a tweet Tuesday that he is "closely monitoring the situation."

      "Our prayers are with students, school personnel, and first responders," Hogan said. 

       

      President Donald Trump was made aware of the shooting and the White House is monitoring the incident, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Fox News. 

      The shooting comes four days before the national March for Our Lives, a rally for student safety inspired by last month’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

       

      "We are Here for you, students of Great Mills," Parkland student activist Emma Gonzalez tweeted, "together we can stop this from ever happening again."

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