One dead, one wounded in Maryland high school shooting: police

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Posted: May 05, 2016 5:20 PM

By Eric M. Johnson

(Reuters) - One adult was fatally shot and a second person was wounded on Thursday in a shooting on the grounds of a high school in Maryland that appeared "to be a domestic-related" incident, police said.

The Prince George's County Police Department said it received reports of a shooting at High Point High School after 4:30 p.m. local time in the community of Beltsville, Maryland, about 15 miles northeast of Washington.

"One adult fatally shot, second wounded at High Point HS in Beltsville," the department said on Twitter. "Preliminarily, this appears to be a domestic-related shooting."

Department spokesman Harry Bond said it was not immediately clear what triggered the shooting, how the victims were linked, or whether students were involved. He also said he had no information on whether the second injured person was an adult or a student.

A representative for the school did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Photos posted online by local media showed police and fire vehicles and officials in a crowded parking lot near the school's auditorium. Police closed a roadway as they investigated the shooting.

A witness told local broadcaster FOX 5 that he heard four gunshots echo from the school's back parking lot, and that classes had finished for the day at the time of the gunfire.

A local NBC affiliate reported the injured person, a man in his 40s, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was in good condition at an area hospital.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Chris Reese and David Gregorio)