Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

Two have been injured after a shooting at a Maryland high school on Tuesday in the United States with local police confirming that the shooter died in hospital after a gun fight with the an armed guard. 

St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said that an armed resource officer had responded to the male shooter and ended the threat. 

According to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, the gunman opened fire in a hallway as classes were beginning and a male and female victim were struck.

Mr. Cameron added that a 14-year-old male student is in stable condition and a 16-year-old female in critical.

The shooter, Austin Wyatt Rollins had a previous relationship with the girl.

The officer, Blaine Gaskill, fired “at least a round at the shooter, and I believe the shooter also fired a round,” Mr. Cameron said at a news conference following the incident.

“This is your worst nightmare,” he added.

Police do not yet know whether the attacker was killed by shots fired by the armed guard or shot himself.

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded to the scene with the local police.


Initial reports

The shooting started shortly after the first school bell at 8 a.m., with emergency call audio obtained by ABC News showing the initial 911 call to police at around 8:02 a.m. from Great Mills High School.

“The Sheriff’s office is on the scene; additional information to follow,” St. Mary’s County Public Schools initially published on its website, saying that the incident was contained.

The local St. Mary’s Sheriff requested parents not to head to the high school but report to a rendezvous at a nearby school.

A press conference with more details is set to be held at 1 p.m. in Chancellor’s Run Regional Park.

There have been 16 confirmed school shootings in the United States this year prior to the Maryland incident, according to CNN.

A shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida triggered a national gun debate after student survivors led a campaign for gun reform.


More details to follow. Image of students being comforted outside the school from Getty Images via BBC News. 

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Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber and a senior correspondent for multiple independent publications including, but not limited to, The Anon Journal, Berning Media Network and the Ribbon. Find out more at eliridder.ca

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