Good Guy with a Gun Stops School Shooter in Maryland

A 17-year-old shooter has died and two other students were wounded in a shooting at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, Tuesday morning.

St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said Tuesday that Austin Wyatt Rollins, a student at the school, fired a Glock semiautomatic handgun at a girl in a hallway at about 7:45 a.m., at the beginning of the school day. The girl and another student, a boy, were wounded.

The school resource officer, who was alerted to the shooting by students and staff, then engaged the shooter in about a minute, Cameron said; the officer and Rollins each fired a shot “almost simultaneously.” He was pronounced dead at about 10:40 a.m., Cameron said.

It’s not known whether Rollins was killed by the resource officer’s gun, or whether he took his own life, Cameron said.

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MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital said in a statement that a 14-year-old boy was in good condition with a gunshot wound to the thigh, and that they stabilized a 16-year-old girl and transferred her to UM Prince George’s Hospital Center. Cameron said she was in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

Cameron said they were investigating Rollins’ devices and social media and are at his home, and said that there were indications of a “prior relationship” between the shooter and the girl. He added that authorities have surveillance video, but that he hasn’t seen it yet.

Still, as to the ultimate motive or Rollins’ ultimate plan, Cameron said, “We don’t know, and we may never know.”

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