ST. MARY’S COUNTY, Md. — The armed student who shot two other students at Great Mills High School in Maryland Tuesday was a 17-year-old named Austin Wyatt Rollins, St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said.
School resource officer Blaine Gaskill immediately responded to the shooting and fired a shot at the student, who was declared dead hours later.
Rollins had a prior relationship with the female student who was shot, the sheriff said. She suffered life-threatening critical injuries, Cameron said.
“When the shooting took place, our school resources officer who was stationed inside the school was alerted to the event and the shots being fired,” Cameron said. “He pursued the shooter and engaged the shooter in which that engagement he fired a round at the shooter. Simultaneously the shooter fired a round as well.”
The school resource officer was not injured.
The school district posted the following message on their website as the incident was unfolding, “There has been a Shooting at Great Mills High School. The school is on lock down the event is contained, the Sheriff’s office is on the scene additional information to follow. ”
The Baltimore Sun reported that a student said the shooting happened around 8 a.m. Terrence Rhames, 18, told the Sun that he heard a gunshot and saw a girl fall as he ran for an exit. “I just thank god I’m safe,” Rhames said. “I just want to know who did it and who got injured.”
“Students are being evacuated from GMHS and being bused to the reunification center at the Leonardtown HS campus,” the district posted some time before 10 a.m. “The building is orderly and the Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation. We will continue to update as more information becomes available.”
Jonathan Freese, a student at Great Mills, told CNN he was in lockdown in his math class. Police are going through classrooms to clear the school, and students will then be escorted out of the school, Freese said.
“I’m still a little shaken up,” he said.
The county sheriff said deputies are on the scene, and told parents or guardians to stay away, urging them to go instead to Leonardtown High School to reunite with Great Mills students there.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Rep. Steny Hoyer tweeted that they’re monitoring reports and urged people to follow the instructions of local law enforcement at the scene.
Authorities could not immediately confirm the relationships between the victims and the shooter. Another update will be given at 1 p.m.
Great Mills High School is approximately a two-hour drive south of Baltimore.
A little more than a month ago, on Valentine’s Day, an armed 19-year-old stormed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and opened fire. He killed 17 students and staff. Florida prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against school shooting suspect.