Just more than a month after a shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. left 17 dead and surviving students vowed another one like it would never happen again, there was a shooting incident in Great Mills, Md. on Tuesday.
Alarming news alerts that Great Mills High School was in a lockdown stoked fears of the worst, but police soon said the “event [was] contained.”
Video shows police officers responding to shooting at Great Mills High School in Maryland. “The event is contained,” according to the school district. https://t.co/p6ZPCw44RZ pic.twitter.com/m9TMfrSjyi
— ABC News (@ABC) March 20, 2018
More information has emerged. Three, including the shooter, were shot and are in critical condition.
Sheriff tells NBC re Maryland school shooting: 8am male student shot female student and injured another. School resource officer (aka sheriff deputy) then engaged shooter and they exchanged fire. The shooter and two students have been taken to hospital in critical condition.
— Stephanie March (@steph_march) March 20, 2018
An unnamed school resource officer, a sheriff’s deputy, reportedly exchanged fire with the shooter and stopped the threat.
St. Mary Co. Sheriff Tim Cameron on shooting at Great Mills HS: shooting happened in hallway; shooter, a student, fired at a female student, another was student hit. Armed school resource ofc, a deputy, exchanged shots w/ shooter; shooter & female student in critical condition
— Peggy Fox (@PeggyTV) March 20, 2018
.@peteralexander has the latest on the school shooting in Maryland:
-2 students hit and in critical condition
-School resource officer confronted and shot the gunman pic.twitter.com/5BChIZFTEr
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 20, 2018
People on social media are already contrasting this deputy’s action with Scot Peterson‘s inaction in Parkland.
Congrats to the SRO. Someone apparently who knew what their job entailed. Action. CC: #ScotPeterson
— Jarmo is a wizard (@robbyjr04) March 20, 2018
Peterson was called a “coward” and was nationally ridiculed for not charging into the school, even by President Donald Trump.
“When it came time to get in there and do something, he didn’t have the courage or something happened. But he certainly did a poor job. There’s no question about that,” Trump said of Peterson. “That’s a case where somebody was outside, they’re trained, they didn’t act properly or under pressure or they were a coward. It was a real shock to the police department.”
We are still waiting on updates on the conditions of the victims, the identity of the shooter, the weapon used and the identity of the school resource officer (SRO).
Update, 11:29 a.m.:
St. Mary’s Country Sheriff Tim Cameron said in a press conference that the SRO was uninjured. A male and female student were injured in the shooting. The former is listed in stable condition, while the latter is still in critical condition.
BREAKING: Gunman in Maryland high school shooting is dead, police say. https://t.co/ZoL8qkCMsE
• Female student in critical condition
• Male student in stable condition
• School resource officer engaged the gunman, per police pic.twitter.com/HEBVHJZhhV
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 20, 2018
The shooter is dead.
BREAKING: Sheriff confirms student shooter is dead after attack inside Maryland high school.
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 20, 2018
Police said that identification would happen at a 1 p.m. press conference.
Update, 1:40 p.m.:
Police identified the deceased shooter as Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17.
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
It’s being reported that there is an “indication” he had a relationship with the female victim.
JUST IN: St. Mary's Co. sheriff IDs Great Mills High School student Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, as alleged shooter
• 16 yr old female student in the ICU
• 14 yr. old male student shot also in hospital
• Indication suspect had prior relationship with female victim pic.twitter.com/WUPSXKCMlR
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 20, 2018
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