SUITLAND – An off-campus shooting outside a nearby apartment complex put Suitland High School into lockdown Friday afternoon.
A teenager from the high school sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg after he and another student had a confrontation off school grounds. The shooting took place near Sussex Square Apartment complex in the 2300 block of Brooks Drive.
“A group of students left the school in order to fight,” said Prince George’s County Police Department Lt. David Coleman. “During the fight one of the students pulled out a gun and shot the other student.”
Multiple shots were fired and a bullet was found lodged in the ceiling of the Suitland High annex building where art and music classes are held, said the Prince George’s County Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Donelan. Donelan said via Twitter that a student and teacher were in the room at the time of the shooting. Both were uninjured.
Coleman said the injured student was relocated onto school property by other students, who then flagged down an administrator.
The school was placed on lockdown for a short period of time until police determined if the shooter ran into the school. Donelan said the student did not reenter the school but instead the scene and police are still actively looking for the shooter.
“I think it’s ridiculous that we have to have these schools shootings,” said Patricia McQueen, a mother of a Suitland student. “It does not make any sense. The schools should be more secured, they need to do better.”
Donelan said police are still investigating the case and have not yet determined if the student had brought the gun inside the school building before the shooting.
Prince George’s County Public Schools also sent out a text message via their text alerts directing users to the Suitland High School webpage for more information.
Suitland High has since announced that the basketball games scheduled for Friday night have been postponed.