On the first day of classes at Baltimore’s Perry Hall High School, 15-year-old Robert Wayne Gladden, Jr. allegedly walked into the cafeteria and opened fire, critically injuring a special needs student before teachers tackled him.
Police told local reporters that the injured 17-year-old was not specifically targeted, implying that the shooter planned to fire indiscriminately at the hundreds of students in the cafeteria. An ominous post to his Facebook page added: “First day of school, last day of my life.”
NBC affiliate station WBAL TV in Baltimore sent a reporter to the boy’s home, but a person who answered the door refused to comment. The reporter noted that a photo posted on the front door bore a pistol and the words: “We don’t call 911.”
Authorities said Tuesday morning that Gladden will be tried as an adult on the charges of assault attempted first-degree murder.
This video is from WGN 9 News in Chicago, broadcast Tuesday, August 28, 2012.
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