A Baltimore County police officer speaks to a parent as students are evacuated from Perry Hall High School in the wake of a shooting on August 27, 2012.

A Baltimore County police officer speaks to a parent as students are evacuated from Perry Hall High School in the wake of a shooting on August 27, 2012.

A student has been shot and critically wounded on the first day of classes at a high school in the US state of Maryland, forcing the shooting victim to be flown to a hospital to receive medical treatment. Police said the incident took place at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore -- situated 57 kilometers (36 miles) northeast of Washington -- on Monday when a male student opened fire on another student, The Associated Press reported. Senior Arielle Brown said that students were in the cafeteria for about 15 minutes, when they heard a popping sound reminiscent of the opening of a bag of potato chips. Junior Miranda Wienecke said she saw people getting under a table. "Then, I saw people running," Wienecke added. "We heard this huge boom, then there was another. Everything happened very fast." The 15-year-old male shooter was stopped by staff members, who intervened and stopped him by tackling him, embracing him with a bear hug and pinning him against a vending machine. Baltimore County police say a suspect was taken into custody after the shooting, and they are investigating the case. Television images showed a shirtless male with his hands behind his back being put into a police cruiser. The school was evacuated and students were taken to nearby Perry Hall Shopping Center, where they can reunite with their parents. Meanwhile, a hospital spokeswoman said that the 17-year-old male student is in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. MP/JR
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