Reporting Meghan McCorkell
PERRY HALL, Md. (WJZ) — A grand jury has indicted Robert Gladden Jr. That indictment reveals frightening details of what happened inside the cafeteria.
Meghan McCorkell reviewed the indictment and has the details.
A jury has indicted Robert Gladden on 26 charges, including nine charges of attempted first degree murder. Prosecutors are charging him as an adult. To see the indictment, click here.
Life behind bars. That’s what 15-year-old Robert Gladden Jr. now faces. Witnesses say he walked into the Perry Hall High School cafeteria and opened fire.
“The gun was pointed at me, but he wasn’t looking at me. He was looking at Mr. Wasmer,” said Sabrina Stephan.
Guidance counselor Jesse Wasmer tackled the gunman. Wasmer is now listed in the indictment as a victim along with eight other teachers and students, including 17-year-old Daniel Borowy, who was shot in the back.
Tuesday night, parents gathered to discuss the chaos in the aftermath of the shooting. One father wasn’t called when his daughter was injured.
“I got to watch her on a gurney on the internet, and that’s the only reason I knew she was taken to the hospital,” he said.
Some want increased security, like metal detectors.
“If he was able to sneak a double-barrel shotgun in his pants, what happens with a handgun?” said Lisa Hemphill.
“That is something that is on the table that we will look at and we will discuss amongst us,” said Principal George Roberts.
Later this month, Roberts will take part in an inter-agency meeting to discuss security policies here in the school.
The community is now looking for ways to prevent this from ever happening again.
There is some good news at Shock Trauma, where Borowy is still a patient. Doctors say his condition is being changed from “critical” to “serious.”
Gladden faces 29 charges, including attempted murder, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two gun charges.