High School Student Shot on First Day of Class

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Aug. 27 2012 12:18 PM

High School Student Shot on First Day of Class

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There's a developing story coming out of Maryland, where a Baltimore County high-school student was shot on the first day of the school year Monday.

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Details are still scarce, but police say they have the shooter in custody and that the Perry Hall High School student was airlifted to a local hospital, the Associated Press reports. No official word yet on the student's condition, although local CBS affiliate WJZ-TV is reporting that he is in serious condition.

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More unconfirmed details from WJZ-TV:

There are unconfirmed reports the shooting happened in the school cafeteria and the victim was shot in the back. Parents are telling Eyewitness News there may have been a threat on Facebook referencing the school, but there are no confirmed reports of that.

The AP describes Perry Hall as a "middle-class community along the Interstate 95 corridor, northeast of Baltimore city." We'll update with more when we can.

UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: The 17-year-old male student is in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a spokeswoman at the hospital tells NBC News.

Local affiliate WBAL-TV, meanwhile, has more on the possible motive, saying that a student who reportedly witnessed the incident unfold said that the shooter was being teased and that he then left the cafeteria only to come back with a shotgun and open fire.

UPDATE 6:01 p.m.: AP with the latest: "Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson said at a news conference that officers do not believe the victim, a 17-year-old male, was targeted by the shooter, a 15-year-old who is also a student at Perry Hall High School. A male suspect was taken into custody after the shooting, and police took the weapon, although police would not say what kind of gun it was." Read more here.

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