A student gunman, Austin Rollins, was killed Tuesday morning after opening fire at Great Mills High School in Maryland, where two students were critically wounded. Blaine Gaskill has been identified as the school resource officer who shot and killed Rollins, saving additional lives.
According to St. Mary’s County Sheriff Timothy Cameron, the school resource (SRO) officer assigned to Great Mills High School took down the handgun-wielding teenager. Reports indicate that an unidentified 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl were wounded during the mayhem. The boy is now in stable condition, officials said, but the girl remains critical.
Rollins, who arrived at the hospital in critical condition, died at about 10:40 a.m.
School resource officer Blaine Gaskill responded to the scene in less than a minute, the sheriff said. Gaskill fired a round at the shooter, and the shooter fired a round simultaneously, Cameron said.
Rollins was later pronounced dead. Gaskill was unharmed. The 16-year-old female student is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, and the 14-year-old male student who was shot is in stable condition.
Cameron said he was not sure if Gaskill’s bullet hit the suspect, but he praised the officer’s quick response to the situation.
Great Mills High School is a comprehensive public high school of 1600+ students in grades 9-12. It serves students at the confluence of the Potomac River, Patuxent River, and Chesapeake Bay. The area is a mixture of rural and suburban communities.
The shooting comes more than a month after the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead.
As this story is developing, more information will be updated as made available.