Perry Hall Shooting Suspect’s Bail Review Postponed; Police Checking Social Media Posts
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TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)– Still more questions two days after a teen gunman opened fire inside Perry Hall High School. Now the community is coming together to heal.
Meghan McCorkell has the latest details on the investigation.
Shooting suspect Robert Gladden was supposed to have a bail hearing Wednesday but that was canceled because prosecutors say he is still undergoing a mental evaluation.
Classmates say Gladden was a quiet loner.
“I don’t think he had many friends. He got bullied. I don’t know,” said classmate Mitchell Myers.
On Monday, Gladden brought a shotgun into the school cafeteria and opened fire. Gladden’s lawyer says the teen was bullied to his breaking point and took the shotgun to school to do nothing more than intimidate.
“I’ve heard some people say that he went to all of the guidance counselors for help but they never gave it to him,” said senior Seth Bagheri.
“What 15-year-old do you know that wants to kill himself and others?” said Susan Ehatt.
Investigators say they don’t believe bullying is a factor in the case.
Police have now beefed up patrols around Perry Hall High School as students begin to focus on the victim of this tragedy. Daniel Borowy, 17, remains in the hospital.
“He was sweet. He was innocent. He didn’t deserve to have happen to him what happened to him,” said a student.
Wednesday, classmates wore red to school–Borowy’s favorite color. There’s an online campaign on Facebook and Twitter to get Lady Gaga, Daniel’s favorite singer, to visit him in the hospital.
“I’m amazed at the amount of people that have just shared it and liked it and have spread the word,” said Jaime Holt.
“I have a Twitter and we were trending it all night and yesterday we actually got it to trend worldwide,” said Nina Manzo.
It’s a morale booster to show the young victim this entire community is pulling for him.
A Facebook page urging Lady Gaga to visit Daniel already has more than 16,000 likes. There’s still no word from the megastar.
Gladden has been charged with attempted murder and assault.
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Police say Gladden brought a broken down shotgun into school and came on the school bus. He brought 21 rounds of ammunition and a bottle of vodka to school. Police do not believe he was intoxicated at the time of the shooting. Police say no other weapons were brought to school. Court documents show they found 11 guns, including shotguns, rifles, a 9mm handgun and two antique pistols at his home. Police also found a spent rifle casing in Gladden’s bedroom.
Court documents also indicate Gladden endured his parents’ divorce.
Police say Gladden went to his first two classes and then the cafeteria. They say he placed his bag with the gun in a nearby bathroom.
Police say food or paper was thrown at the table near where Gladden was sitting during lunch. Police say Gladden then went to get the shotgun and put it in his clothing. Police say they do not believe anyone in the school saw the gun before the incident.
Police say Gladden then pulled out the shotgun. That’s when guidance counselor, Jesse Wasmer, rushed the suspect. During the struggle, one shot was fired, striking Borowy in the back.
Other educators rushed the suspect, and a second shot was fired during that struggle. No one was struck by the second shot. After this, Gladden was held and taken into custody.
Police believe the shooter acted alone and did not target his victim.
Police say he got the shotgun from his father’s home in Hawthorne. His father has not been charged at this time. Police also went to his mother’s house where Andrew Piper, Gladden’s stepfather, was arrested for illegal possession of firearms and marijuana.
“We’re deeply saddened by yesterday’s events,” said Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Executive. “Baltimore County is strong and our county schools are safe. I am proud of how people responded under quiet confidence. People displayed extraordinary courage and leadership under so much pressure.”
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The victim– 17-year-old Daniel Borowy– is still in the hospital. His family is asking the public to keep him in their prayers.
His family issued the following statement: “Our son, Daniel, was critically injured on his first day at school. We would like to personally thank school personnel who quickly responded, getting Daniel to safety. We would also like to thank Baltimore County EMS, Baltimore County Police and the Maryland State Police who quickly transported Daniel to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he remains in critical condition. We would like to ask the public, our family and friends to respect our privacy at this time and keep Daniel in your thoughts and prayers.”
“I know he’s a really happy person and always comes around, always has a smile on his face,” Perry Hall High School student Michael Haley said. “It made me really, really upset. I’m just praying for his family and I just hope that he comes through.”
The Perry Hall High School Alumni Association is collecting funds to help the Borowy family with medical expenses. To donate, click here.
There is an increased police presence at the school and top administrators are reviewing security in the wake of the violence.
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