As reported by WFTV.com, a 15-year-old high school sophomore was recently indicted by a Baltimore County grand jury on 29 counts related to the shooting of a classmate. The report notes that the high school student brought an antique shotgun to Perry Hall High School, a suburban Baltimore school, on the first day of classes and fired two shots. The first shot struck and critically wounded a 17-year-old classmate who was seated at a lunch table with several other students.
The alleged shooter fired a second shot into the ceiling as a guidance counselor and other employees tried wrestling the gun away from him.
The charging document alleges that the teen intended to kill eight other people, though police state that he chose his first victim at random. Five of the intended victims in the indictment were sitting at the same lunch table as the first shooting victim, and the other three were school employees who intervened after the first shot was fired. The Baltimore County grand jury indicted the 15-year-old on nine counts of attempted murder, nine counts of first-degree assault, and nine counts of reckless endangerment, in addition to two gun charges.
The 17-year-old shooting victim continues to recuperate at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and his condition was upgraded to serious on September 4. The attorney for the alleged shooter claims that the teen only brought the gun to school to intimidate bullies and that the first shot fired “inadvertently” hit the victim as the struggle to get the gun away from him ensued. He also states his client was suicidal at the time of the shooting.
The young suspect is currently being held without bail and is receiving treatment at a state psychiatric hospital.
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