Maryland school shooting leaves 2 students injured, gunman dead

Scene at Great Mills High School in Saint Mary's County where a shooting was reported

Scene at Great Mills High School in Saint Mary's County where a shooting was reported

When a 17-year-old gunman walked into Maryland's Great Mills High School on Tuesday, the swift action of the school's sole resource officer, Blaine Gaskill, was instrumental in bringing the incident to a quick end.

Cameron said Rollins produced the handgun, a Glock semi-automatic, in a school hallway shortly before classes were due to begin and shot a 16-year-old girl with whom he had a "relationship".

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.

The shooter was wounded after exchanging fire with a school resource officer on campus. "And to me it's outrageous that we haven't taken action yet on something so important as school safety", Hogan said. A school resource officer returned fired at Rollins, potentially preventing additional casualties.

Great Mills students joined others across the country to protest gun violence at schools during the National School Walkout on Wednesday. At a nearby McDonald's, Elizabeth Chandler was trying to decompress with her daughter Cameren who was at the school when the shooting happened.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan pledged to provide assistance.

Tracey Harms's son is a sophomore at Great Mills.

Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman David Fitz says the agents are there to assist the local sheriff's office and he had no immediate information about injuries or fatalities at Great Mills High School. Authorities say the gunman was killed, and another 14-year-old male student was also wounded. "On this day, we realized our worst nightmare", Cameron said.

The main objection to arming school employees appears to me to be that liberal administrators don't like guns, are scared of them, are politically opposed to the Second Amendment, and, most importantly, stubbornly refuse to admit they're wrong. Leonardtown High School said they are aware of the situation and students are safe.

Numerous students held signs reading "Never again" and "End gun violence".

But Mr Heibel said the school still increased its security after social media posts about a possible school shooting "circulated quite extensively".

"Jaelynn is an fantastic young lady, whose peaceful presence and love of her fellow students and family is known throughout her Maryland-based school", the family statement said.

"I can tell you that Americans are listening to our students", he said. Gun control advocates, however, have urged for a ban on semiautomatic rifles, stricter background checks and other measures to limit ease of access to weapons.

Since then, a movement led by students from the Florida high school has pushed for increased gun-control measures. "Life is all about choices and every choice has a outcome whether it be positive or negative", said Superintendent Curtis Rhodes of Texas' Needville Independent School District.

"This is what we prepare for and this is what we pray we will never have to do", the sheriff said Tuesday.

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