Student gunman dies after Maryland school shooting; 2 other students injured
GREAT MILLS, Md. (WJLA) - A 17-year-old student is dead after he shot a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy Tuesday morning at a high school in St. Mary's County, Maryland.
The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office said it happened at Great Mills High School. The shooter was identified as 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins. ABC7's Brad Bell said sources first told him that Rollins was a student, as were the two victims.
Officials said that Rollins had a relationship with the girl who was critically injured in the shooting and that he used a Glock pistol in his attack. The 14-year-old boy was in stable condition.
Police also confirmed that it was the school resource officer who took action to end the threat. Authorities say that Rollins fired his gun at the same time as the officer and they are investigating how Rollins died.
ABC7's Jonathan Elias spoke with the school superintendent who told him Rollins was a high achiever and a well-liked student with no blemishes on his record. He said there have been no threats ever identified as being made by Rollins or about him.
Authorities held two press conference on the shooting later in the day. It was during the first one that they announced that Rollins was dead.
The second press conference featured Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and it was there that they identified Rollins.
Rollins and the two victims were taken to the hospital after the attack. MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital identified the victims as a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. They say the two were taken there around 8:15 a.m. and that the girl was later taken to Shock Trauma in life-threatening condition.
The FBI and members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded to the school and are part of the investigation into the shooting. The sheriff's department and the ATF were searching Rollins's home for evidence in the wake of the shooting.
ABC7's Kevin Lewis obtained scanner audio from the St. Mary's County Fire and Emergency Medical Services channel as they responded to the Great Mills shooting. The information from the audio is all unconfirmed.
The sheriff's office said parents had to pick up their students from the auditorium at nearby Leonardtown High School in Leonardtown and should not go to Great Mills High School. St. Mary's County Public Schools have since canceled all after-school activities for Tuesday.
The shooting happened exactly one month after The BayNet reported a threat to Great Mills that circulated on Snapchat. The sheriff's office said this turned out to be a hoax.
St. Mary's County Public Schools released a statement on the shooting and said the school was on full lockdown, but that was later lifted and students have been bused to Leonardtown High School.
The shooting comes just days after students at Great Mills and Leonardtown held a walkout to protest gun violence, The BayNet said.
Hogan released the following statement on the shooting.