Just before 8 a.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, a classmate opened fire in the hallway at Great Mills High School in Maryland, shooting two of his classmates. The School Resource Officer engaged the shooter, who later died. The school was placed on lockdown, and buses transported the students to a pickup point. A good guy with a gun stopped the shooter in his tracks.
Update: The suspect was named as Austin Rollins, and may have had a relationship with the young girl who was shot. The SRO officer’s name was released as Deputy Blaine Gaskill.
One 16 year old female and a 14 year old male were shot by the suspect. The SRO immediately responded, reportedly firing one round as he engaged the shooter. The SRO was not injured, despite the fact that the suspect returned fire.
“Our school resource officer was alerted to the event. he pursued the shooter, engaged the shooter, fired a round at the shooter. The shooter fired a round as well. In the hours and days to come, we’ll be able to determine if our school resource officer’s round struck the shooter.” St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron
The female is reportedly in critical condition, but the male is in good condition, according to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.
All schools in St. Mary’s County have an armed officer on site, which likely saved this from becoming a mass shooting. Fortunately, the SRO was nearby when it occurred.
Great Mills High School is about 70 miles south of Washington, DC. It has about 1,600 students and is not far from the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.
According to Delmarva Now,
Just last month, the school’s principal, Jake Heibel, told parents in a letter posted on the local news site The Bay Net that two students were interviewed after they were overheard mentioning a school shooting, and they were found to pose no threat. Heibel said the school increased its security nevertheless after social media posts about a possible school shooting “circulated quite extensively.”
Also last month, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s office said it arrested two teenage boys for “Threats of Mass Violence” and a 39-year-old man on related charges after the teens made threats about a potential school shooting at Leonardtown High School, a high school about 10 miles from Great Mills. Police said they obtained a search warrant that led to them finding semi-automatic rifles, handguns and other weapons, along with ammunition.
So let’s think about all of that for a minute: if there are THAT many students in this county who think about school shootings, what does that say about our society?
The latest on the shooting at Great Mills High in St. Mary’s County. https://t.co/TR4TT3GNCB
— Matt Moore (@MattKenMoore) March 20, 2018
Just after class begun at Great Mills. https://t.co/dafuXa6zch
— Visco (@jonirichter15) March 20, 2018
Some people on Twitter got it, most did not. Liberals still talk about the gun as the problem. They have missed the point entirely.
The shooting in Great Mills high school was stopped by a ARMED school resource officer. Having an armed staff member saved lives.
— Lawrence.ひ (@Lmanor4) March 20, 2018
A gunman who shot and wounded two students at Great Mills High School in Maryland was killed Tuesday after engaging an armed school resource officer, an official said. #democrats scoff at armed protection at schools. https://t.co/gdxPbOM5d1
— ECMED (@ECMED) March 20, 2018
“When a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun from causing mass carnage, to these left-wing reporters and editors it is not a story…It’s clear that [Great Mills High School] officer saved lives. Where’s the wall-to-wall coverage of that?” –@stinchfield1776 #NRA pic.twitter.com/4YagN8lXck
— NRATV (@NRATV) March 20, 2018