Tuesday, 20 March 2018

One dead, two injured in Maryland high school shooting

Two teens at a Maryland high school were shot Tuesday after another student opened fire in the hallway just before the start of classes, authorities said.

The shooter, identified as Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, was shot and taken to the hospital, where he died, St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron said at a news conference.

Great Mills High School remained on lockdown for some time after, but the shooting was "contained" when a school resource officer "engaged" the gunman, Cameron said.

Police said Rollins walked into the 1,600-student school and fired a round from a Glock semiautomatic handgun at a 16-year-old female student, also hitting a 14-year-old male.

The school resource officer, St. Mary's County sheriff's Deputy Blaine Gaskill, was alerted to the gunfire and confronted the gunman in less than a minute, according to Cameron.

Gaskill "fired at the shooter almost simultaneously as the shooter fired," Cameron said, without detailing how the gunman was injured. The officer was not wounded.

"This is your worst nightmare," Cameron added.

He said Rollins and the female victim had a "prior relationship," but couldn't confirm if that was a motive for the shooting.

Students from Great Mills High School walk to meet their parents following the shooting Tuesday. Credit: Win McNamee / Getty Images
The female victim was hospitalized and listed in critical condition, according to MedStar St. Mary's Hospital. The male victim was in "good condition," the hospital said.

All high schools in St. Mary's County are staffed with an armed deputy sheriff who works as a school resource officer. Gaskill is also a trained member of the sheriff's SWAT team, officials said.

Students at the high school had participated in last week's walkout that honored the 17 victims of the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting.

Source: NBCNews

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