A man believed to be a substitute teacher shot...

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. -- A man believed to be a substitute teacher shot and wounded the principal of a Long Island junior high school and a 15-year-old student Monday, and took between 10 and 15 other people hostage.

A spokeswoman for Southside Hospital in nearby Bay Shore said Paul Steven Howland, 47, of Sayville, principal of the East Brentwood Junior High, was shot in the face and was undergoing examination.


The student, who was not identified, was in guarded condition with a wound to the abdomen, she said.

Police said a police hostage negotiating team was trying to communicate with the gunman in believed to be a substitute teacher. The school is located about 50 miles east of New York City.

He was reported to be carrying a rifle and holding 10 to 15 people hostage on the second floor of the school. It was not known how many of the hostages were students, police said.

The standoff began about 1:30 p.m. EDT.

'My understanding is that it is an impasse situation. They're trying to make contact with the suspect,' a police spokesman said.

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