The alleged gunman involved in a Maryland high school shooting on Tuesday morning was identified as 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins.
According to Newsweek, Austin attended Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, where the shooting took place. He’s said to have entered the school with a Glock semi-automatic handgun on Tuesday morning at around 7:45 a.m., when he reportedly opened fire on a female student in the hallway. The female victim has been identified as 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey.
“Great Mills High School began its school day at 7:45 a.m. like many other days, except for on this day a male student produced a handgun and fired a round, wounding a female student and another male student in a hallway of Great Mills High School just before classes begun,” Sheriff Tim Cameron stated during a press conference on Tuesday.
Police say Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, was the shooter at Great Mills High School in Maryland, who died after exchange of gunfire with school resource officer. Rollins had prior relationship with a 16-year-old girl who was shot and is in critical condition https://t.co/8ptVdec0wB pic.twitter.com/7JKXvJ51oJ
— Tom Cleary (@tomwcleary) March 20, 2018
The school’s resource officer, Blaine Gaskill, acted quickly to diffuse the situation and exchanged gunfire with the suspect. A bullet hit another male student, 14, reportedly shortly before or during the exchange. While Gaskill was uninjured, Rollins was later pronounced dead from gunshot wounds.
“He [Gaskill] responded exactly as we train our personnel to respond,” St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said, according to CNN.
St. Mary’s County authorities stated that the situation has now been contained. Willey remains in the hospital in critical condition, while the unidentified male student was listed in fair condition. At this time, no other injuries have been reported.
What We Know about Austin Wyatt Rollins
Cameron indicated that Rollins and Willey may have possibly been in a previous relationship. The details surrounding the relationship are scant as of now, and the motive remains unclear.
“There is an indication that a prior relationship existed between the shooter and the female victim,” Cameron said.
According to The Enterprise, Rollins made the honor roll at the high school in December, 2017. ABC7 spoke with the superintendent of Great Mills High School, who said that the suspect was a high achiever who was “well-liked” by his peers. The superintendent also stated that Rollins had no “blemishes” on his school record or any previous disciplinary action.
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[Feature Photo: AP/Alex Brandon]