Baltimore school monitor shot while confronting armed intruder

The Baltimore Police Department received emergency calls around noon Friday that a staff member at Frederick Douglass High School had been shot

Students are being sent home for the day after a Frederick Douglas High School staff member was shot by an adult who was visiting the school.

Officials did not release any information on the staffer's condition.

During a press conference, officials said the staff member who was shot was a hall monitor.

The suspect was taken into custody and the school was placed on lockdown.

Baltimore City School Police said the victim is a 56-year-old hall monitor and is in critical, but stable condition. WBAL reports Baltimore City police said the shooting was reported shortly after noon.

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"In a city where violence is too present, our schools must be havens of safety and peace, where confrontation and weapons have no place".

Police are investigating why the suspected shooter was at the school and whether he and the victim had any connection. "We believe this is an outside person who confronted the person inside the school", Conaway said. "If it wasn't for the swift action of Baltimore city police, one of whom was unarmed, it would have been much worse".

'We didn't hear a thing from the school.

The school dismissed early for the police investigation. Boatwright asked outside the school. An Associated Press review past year suggested that adding more officers and armed guards or arming teachers would nearly certainly have unintended consequences.

During last year's mass shooting at a Florida high school, an armed school resource officer heard the attacker's gunfire but didn't run in and try to stop the attack.

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