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Tuesday
Aug282012

Alleged Baltimore School Shooter's Victim Has Down Syndrome

Baltimore County Police Department(WHITE MARSH, Md.) -- When Robert Gladden allegedly opened fire in the Perry Hall High School cafeteria, he critically injured Daniel Borowy, a 17-year-old who suffers from Down syndrome.

Trish Smelser, of Baltimore, Md., met Borowy's mother, Rosemary, at a Down syndrome support group when Borowy was a 1-year-old. Smelser's daughter, who is best friends with Borowy and a fellow classmate, also has Down syndrome.

During the shooting at Perry Hall High School in the Baltimore suburb of White Marsh, Smelser's daughter was sitting at the next table in the cafeteria. She had her back to the shooter, just like Borowy. School aids pushed students under the table to protect them.

Borowy's mother declined to talk with ABC News, but Smelser discussed the boy after speaking with the upset mom.

Smelser was shocked when she heard about the shooting.

"I was just dying for Rosemary and Daniel, feeling so bad," Smelser told ABC News. "It's just a horrible thing to go through, but when you have a special needs child, it's just extra devastating. They don't communicate as well. It's just so hard."

Although Borowy is still listed in critical condition, Smelser is confident he will recover because he is "so strong."

"He's doing good. He's awake and he can wiggle his fingers and toes," Smelser's daughter, Stephanie, told ABC News. Borowy suffered from two broken ribs and a bruised lung, she said.

Friends of Borowy are reaching out to Lady Gaga on Facebook and Twitter urging the singer to visit the 17-year-old because Daniel is a huge fan of the pop star.

"He loves Lady Gaga. He has a suitcase packed and says he's going to go to California to marry her," Smelser's daughter, Stephanie, told ABC News.

Police believe when Gladden, 15, opened fire in the school cafeteria Monday he shot randomly and was not aiming for Borowy.

Gladden was charged as an adult Tuesday with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault. He is locked up without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson, Md., Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said in a news conference Tuesday.

The sophomore left a grisly clue to his alleged intentions on his Facebook Monday morning when he wrote, "First day of school, last day of my life." On his page, he lists his employer as "The Manson Family" with the description "murder suicide."

Hours later, police said, he twice fired a shotgun in the school's cafeteria.

Gladden does not have a lawyer yet, according to the State's Attorney's office. He has a preliminary hearing set for Sept. 7.

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Monday
Aug272012

Maryland School Shooter Assembled Shotgun in School Before Attack

Hemera/Thinkstock(WHITE MARSH, Md.) -- A 15-year-old student brought a disassembled shotgun to school on the first day of classes Monday, put the weapon together on campus and entered the cafeteria where he shot and critically wounded another student.

A teacher, who has not been identified, lunged at the student to stop the shooting, and before pinning the boy against a wall a second round was discharged, police said.

The school was put on lockdown and then evacuated.

It was a bloody and traumatic start to the school year at Perry Hall High School in the Baltimore suburb of White Marsh, Md.

Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson did not identify the suspect, but said he was 15.

The victim, who also was not identified, was 17. He was medevacked to Baltimore Regional Hospital Shock Trauma where he is listed in critical condition.

The alleged shotgun was disassembled when it was brought to school and assembled on campus, two sources familiar with the investigation confirmed to ABC News. The weapon had been concealed, Johnson said.

The gunman walked into the school cafeteria at 10:45 a.m.

"We believe that the suspect fired one round and just struck this individual. We do not believe at this time that he was targeted," Johnson said during a news conference.

A police statement later said the 15-year-old in custody was cooperating with police, who were trying to determine whether to charge him as a juvenile or an adult.

Additional police will be assigned to the school Tuesday when classes resume, police said.

Students were held in their classroom for two hours before being evacuated, students told ABC News.

"I was in class in the basement of the school so we didn't hear or see anything," a student, who identified herself as Erisa, told ABC News. "But once the assistant principal, Mr. Arnold, went on the speakers and yelled, 'Lockdown' very loudly I knew it wasn't a joke."

"After we had left the classroom, we saw police and the SWAT team all around the school," student Linzee Hobgood told ABC News. "When we walked outside, there were police cars everywhere. I didn't find out what was going on until my mom called me and told me what had happened. It was shocking that there was a shooting in our school."

Students were evacuated to the Perry Hall Shopping Center where frantic parents went to be reunited with their children there, according to police. Students were also bused home from the middle school across the street, ABC News affiliate WMAR reported.

Several other students suffered minor, non-shooting injuries during the incident.

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Monday
Aug272012

Student Rushed to Hospital After Shooting at Maryland High School

ABC News(BALTIMORE) -- A shooting at a Maryland high school Monday morning has left at least one student shot, according to the Baltimore County Police Department.

The shooting took place at Perry Hall High School as students were attending their first day of school. The wounded student, a 17-year-old male, is in Baltimore Shock Trauma in serious condition after being transported via medevac, according to Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson.

Johnson, at an impromptu news conference, also said police have arrested a 15-year-old male suspect. The suspect walked into the school cafeteria at 10:45 a.m. and fired one shot. Students described the weapon as a shotgun. Teachers wrestled the suspect to the ground and held the gun away from him. A school resource officer then helped the instructor subdue the shooter until police arrived.

Several other students suffered minor, non-shooting injuries during the incident.

Police believe the 15-year-old shooter acted alone and did not target the victim. The suspect is a student at Perry Hall High School.

The school is located in White Marsh, Md., northeast of Baltimore. Other students were evacuated to a nearby shopping center so they could be reunited with their parents.

No names have been officially released.

A motive for the shooting is not yet known.

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