A 17-year-old student shot and killed two other students at Great Mills High School in Maryland on Tuesday morning before a school resource person appealed to him and stopped the threat, authorities said.
The incident began in the school hallway at 7:55 a.m., shortly before the start of the class. Authorities say that Austin Wyatt Rollins, armed with a gun, shot and killed a woman and a student. The shooter had a previous relationship with a student, Mary County Sheriff Tim Cameron.
The head of the resource school, Blaine Gaskill, responded to the scene in less than a minute, the sheriff said. Gaskill fired at a shooter, and the shooter fired simultaneously, Cameron said.
Later, Rollins was pronounced dead. Gaskill was unharmed. The 16-year-old student is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, and the 14-year-old student who was shot is in stable condition.
Cameron said he was not sure if Haskill’s bullet hit the suspect, but he appreciated the officer’s quick response to the situation.
“He responded right when we trained the staff to respond,” he said.
This incident is the 17th school shooting in the United States since January 1, according to a CNN study.
“This is what we train, this is what we are preparing for, and this is what we pray so that we never have to do.” On this day, we realized our worst nightmare, “said Cameron.
“The concept” this can not happen here “is no longer a concept.”
The school was for a short time, and the students were evacuated from the Great Mills High School to the reunification center at a nearby high school, the school system said.