Perry Hall shooter sentenced to 35-year prison stint
The high school student charged in the Perry Hall High School shooting in August was sentenced Monday to 35 years in prison.
Fifteen-year-old Robert Gladden Jr., a sophomore, plead guilty last week, taking responsibility for the shooting that injured 17-year-old Daniel Borowy, who has down syndrome.
After Gladden’s sentencing, Baltimore County Police released Gladden’s interview tapes, as well as 21 different 911 calls that were made the day of the shooting.
In the tape, Gladden told police he warned two of his friends to avoid the cafeteria before walking in and assembling a shotgun.
“I didn’t really have any one person I was trying to kill. I just turned to the side and shot,” Gladden said in the tape.
The shooting took place at 11 a.m. on the first day of school.
Prior to the shooting, Gladden posted a message on his Facebook saying, “First day of school, last day of my life.”
Gladden said in the tape that he brought 21 bullets with him to school that day, using the pockets of his pants to hide the ammunition.
A detective went on to ask Gladden if he wanted to kill as many people as he could in the school, and Gladden nodded his head yes.
If he hadn’t been stopped, he said he was planning “…to [get] as many as I could and then gotten to kill myself.”
The 911 calls preceding the shooting paint a picture of panic among staff members and students.
In one call released by BCPD, a faculty member begs medics to get to the school as fast as possible.
“Please get here quickly,” the staff member said to a 911 dispatcher. “I’m outside the cafeteria. Oh my God. I don’t know anything.”
Prosecutors in the case and initially asked for Gladden receive a life sentence. Gladden will be 50 when his sentence expires.