Several people were shot at a high school in the US state of Maryland on Tuesday, according to local media , while school officials said the campus was on lock-down and the incident had been “contained.”
Authorities told ABC affiliate WJLA that at least three students have been injured, including the shooter; though their conditions have not yet been released.
In a statement, St Mary’s County Public Schools confirmed there had been a shooting at Great Mills High School, saying the campus was on lockdown but the incident had been contained.
It later tweeted that students were being evacuated from the school and bussed to a reunification centre at a nearby campus.
The sheriff’s office joined the school district in urging parents not to go to the school.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said its agents were en route to the school, while Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said he was “closely monitoring the situation.”
“Our prayers are with students, school personnel, and first responders,” he tweeted.
FBI Baltimore said its agents were on the scene assisting the Sheriff’s office.
Great Mills is a town about 70 miles (110 km) south of Washington.
The shooting comes four days before the national March for Our Lives, a rally for student safety inspired by last month’s Florida school massacre, which saw 17 students and staff killed.