UPDATE 12:20 p.m.-

Read News release: Teenager wanted in connection with Hickory Hills shooting and GMHS lockdown

UPDATE 11:49 a.m.– In a quick briefing across the street from the school, a member of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office(SMCSO) informed gathered parents that everyone is safe and fine within the school. They received information and reacted by securing the school. Parents were directed to Regional Park for more information when available. 

The Southern Maryland Chronicle will update the community when information is released by the SMCSO. 

UPDATE 11:23 a.m.- Another Text message was received by parents at 11:11 a.m.:

“SMCPS: GMHS is on lockdown. PARENT: no one is allowed to enter the building or leave during a lockdown. Updates will be provided as soon as possible.”

Great Mills, MD- At 10:19 a.m. the St. Mary’ County Computer Automated Dispatch(CAD) has listed a School Resource Officer dispatch. At 10:46 a.m. several parents of students received texts saying

” SMCPS: GMHS( Great MIlls High School) is on lockdown as a precaution due to an unconfirmed report of an armed suspect in the area. No one is permitted to enter/leave until cleared by the Sheriff.”

Another parent has contacted the Southern Maryland Chronicle and sent a picture of a text they received from their child, which the child states,       ” idk, I’m freaking out. the cop came in our class with a big gun”.

Please stay with the Southern Maryland Chronicle for this developing story.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...