February 20, 2019
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Frederick Douglass High School staffer shot; man in custody – WBAL TV Baltimore

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A Frederick Douglass High School staff member was shot Friday afternoon by an adult visitor to the Baltimore school.Baltimore City police said the shooting was reported shortly after noon. Authorities stressed there were no students involved in the shooting as the shooter or the victim.City police said a 25-year-old man got inside the front door of the school and was confronted by a 56-year-old staff member, who was shot. The staff member was taken to Shock Trauma and was in serious but stable condition.WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team lead investigative reporter Jayne Miller reported that an ambulance left the school with a school police officer following.”An individual, 25 years old, entered the school, never penetrated the school, but got to the front door, the front vestibule, and was confronted by a staff member, who is the victim,” Baltimore police Col. Byron Conaway said. “As they encountered each other, the suspect shot our victim.”Sources told the 11 News I-Team that the suspect went to the school looking for the 56-year-old victim described by students as a coach. The suspect’s relative, a Frederick Douglass student, apparently had a prior encounter with the victim. Sources told the I-Team that a parent-teacher conference was going on Friday involving the suspect’s relative.The suspected shooter was quickly taken into custody.Anxious family members arrived while the school was on lockdown. Students were dismissed around 1:15 p.m., floor by floor.Parents of students told 11 News outside the school that they learned of the shooting from their children. Students told 11 News that they took shelter and hid in interior rooms.Students said they saw classmates and adults running after the shooting.Sgt. Clyde Boatwright, the president of the Baltimore City School Police officers union, said the shooting makes their case that city school police officers should be armed. The school board recently voted to oppose House Bill 31, which would allow city school police officers to carry guns in the buildings.”My officers, it was a fight. To quote one of my officers, ‘I thought I had to shoot him,'” Boatwright said. “How does that 10-0 vote look now? When you had an unarmed police officer inside the school who, thankfully, had his supervisors with him at a conference, when they heard gunshots inside the building and they were able to quickly fight a suspect who was shooting in a Baltimore City school.”Boatwright said the school police supervisors were armed.Refresh wbaltv.com and our app, and watch 11 News for late-breaking updates.

A Frederick Douglass High School staff member was shot Friday afternoon by an adult visitor to the Baltimore school.

Baltimore City police said the shooting was reported shortly after noon. Authorities stressed there were no students involved in the shooting as the shooter or the victim.

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City police said a 25-year-old man got inside the front door of the school and was confronted by a 56-year-old staff member, who was shot. The staff member was taken to Shock Trauma and was in serious but stable condition.

WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team lead investigative reporter Jayne Miller reported that an ambulance left the school with a school police officer following.

“An individual, 25 years old, entered the school, never penetrated the school, but got to the front door, the front vestibule, and was confronted by a staff member, who is the victim,” Baltimore police Col. Byron Conaway said. “As they encountered each other, the suspect shot our victim.”

Sources told the 11 News I-Team that the suspect went to the school looking for the 56-year-old victim described by students as a coach. The suspect’s relative, a Frederick Douglass student, apparently had a prior encounter with the victim. Sources told the I-Team that a parent-teacher conference was going on Friday involving the suspect’s relative.

The suspected shooter was quickly taken into custody.

Anxious family members arrived while the school was on lockdown. Students were dismissed around 1:15 p.m., floor by floor.

Parents of students told 11 News outside the school that they learned of the shooting from their children. Students told 11 News that they took shelter and hid in interior rooms.

Students said they saw classmates and adults running after the shooting.

Sgt. Clyde Boatwright, the president of the Baltimore City School Police officers union, said the shooting makes their case that city school police officers should be armed. The school board recently voted to oppose House Bill 31, which would allow city school police officers to carry guns in the buildings.

“My officers, it was a fight. To quote one of my officers, ‘I thought I had to shoot him,'” Boatwright said. “How does that 10-0 vote look now? When you had an unarmed police officer inside the school who, thankfully, had his supervisors with him at a conference, when they heard gunshots inside the building and they were able to quickly fight a suspect who was shooting in a Baltimore City school.”

Boatwright said the school police supervisors were armed.

Refresh wbaltv.com and our app, and watch 11 News for late-breaking updates.

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