Maryland Teen Faces Trial in Shooting on First Day of School

Victim Daniel Borowy, 17, was hit in the back by what police say was a random shot

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013  |  Updated 7:55 AM EDT
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A 15-year-old boy accused of shooting a classmate last year in Perry Hall faces trial as an adult in a suburban Baltimore courtroom.

Jury selection begins Tuesday in Towson, Md., for the trial of Robert Gladden Jr.

His lawyer says Gladden brought a shotgun to school to intimidate bullies. He says Gladden didn't target anyone when he fired twice in the Perry Hall High School cafeteria on Aug. 27.

Daniel Borowy, 17, was hit in the back by what police say was a random shot. Borowy, who has Down syndrome, suffered a bruised lung and a fractured rib, among other injuries, and underwent several surgeries. He was out of school for more than two months.

Gladden is charged with 29 offenses, including nine counts of attempted first-degree murder.

He was placed on a suicide watch while being treated at a psychiatric hospital before being transferred to a county detention center. One of his attorneys said last fall that Gladden would like to eventually meet with Borowy to express remorse for the shooting.

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