OXON HILL, Md. (ABC7) — A boy is in critical but stable condition after he was shot Monday in the parking lot of a high school in Prince George’s County, police said.
The shooting happened at Oxon Hill High School, located at 6701 Leyte Drive in Oxon Hill. Officers responded to the shooting around 5:15 p.m.
“The shooting did take place on school property on the parking lot,” police spokesperson Lamar Robinson said.
Police said a student got into an argument with someone inside a car in the school’s parking lot and was shot. The victim, an 11th grade student, then ran into the school for help and collapsed. He was transported to the hospital in critical but stable condition with gunshot wounds to the upper body.
“You send them to school with the expectation they are going to school and come back the same way you sent them there, ” parent James Monteiro said.
Parents rushed to the school because their children were at basketball practice at the time of the shooting.
“I hurried up here to make sure that my daughter was good and found that they had locked all the kids down in the auditorium and they are waiting on the parents to come get them out,” Monteiro said.
Robinson said it was “very disheartening” to see a shooting happen on school grounds.
“This is a place of learning. This is supposed to be a safe place. And we want to keep it a safe place here in Prince George’s County, ” Robinson said.
The suspect fled the scene following the shooting.
Police believe the shooting was not a random act of violence and that the victim and suspect know each other. Authorities are asking anyone with information to call 1-866-411-TIPS.