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Robert Wayne Gladden, Alleged Perry Hall School Shooter, Charged With Attempted First-Degree Murder

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Tracie Bradford, of Perry Hall, Md., consoles her daughter Leah, a student at Perry Hall High School who says she was in the school's cafeteria when a student was shot there and critically wounded on the first day of classes, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Perry Hall, Md.
Tracie Bradford, of Perry Hall, Md., consoles her daughter Leah, a student at Perry Hall High School who says she was in the school's cafeteria when a student was shot there and critically wounded on the first day of classes, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Perry Hall, Md.

A 15-year-old boy is charged with attempted first-degree murder after he allegedly opened fire on a fellow student during the first day of school.

Police identified the suspect as Robert Wayne Gladden, accused of shooting a Perry Hall High School classmate just before 11:00 a.m in the cafeteria, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Witnesses said that Gladden shot one round at the victim's back before teachers at the Baltimore County high school grabbed him, releasing a second round toward the ceiling.

As of Monday evening, the 17-year-old victim remained in critical condition under supervision at the Maryland Schock Trauma Center.

According to the Associated Press:

The suspect's father spoke to a reporter at his home that evening and said his son was the shooter. When asked about a motive for the shooting, the father indicated his son had been bullied. He gave no further details.

A woman who was also at the home and said she was related to the father, gave the following statement on the family's behalf: "We are horrified. We did not see this coming and our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and the victim's family."

In a statement Monday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who recently made an unrelated visit to the school, expressed his sympathies for the community.

"My thoughts are with the Perry Hall High School community -- students, families and faculty -- in this difficult time," he said. "Gun violence has no place anywhere, least of all in our nation's schools. I'd like to thank the local educators and law enforcement personnel who took action to help prevent additional students from getting hurt.

Authorities delayed naming Gladden as the suspect until they decided to charge him as an adult. He is also charged with first-degree assault.

Gladden is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing on Sept. 7, Patch reports. He is detained without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

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