UPDATE: Shooting At Maryland High School Injures 2 Students; Gunman Dead

Sheriff says a female student and a male student were also wounded in the shooting

THE LATEST on the shooting at a Maryland high school (all times local):

Maryland’s House speaker says Safe Schools Act should pass

4 p.m.

Maryland’s House speaker says lawmakers plan to pass legislation to make schools safer.

House Speaker Michael Busch, a Democrat, said Tuesday that his chamber has every intention of passing a Safe Schools Act.

Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, announced the legislation Feb. 28 after the school shooting in Florida.

It commits $125 million for capital improvements like secure doors and windows, metal detectors and security cameras. It also includes another $50 million annually to pay for school resource officers, counselors and technology.

Hogan says “it’s outrageous” that the legislature hasn’t taken action yet. There is less than three weeks left in the session.


3:20 p.m.

Two students were injured when another student opened fire at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Md., according to the local sheriff. The shooter, identified by the sheriff as 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins, was confirmed dead after being taken to a hospital.

“A male student produced a handgun and fired a round, wounding a female student and another male student in a hallway of Great Mills High School just before classes begun” at approximately 7:55 a.m. Tuesday, St. Mary’s County Sheriff Timothy Cameron told reporters at a news conference.

The two victims have been taken to local hospitals. The male student, 14, is in stable condition, and the female student, 16, is in intensive care with “life-threatening critical injuries,” Cameron stated.


1:35 p.m.

The sheriff says a 16-year-old girl is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries after a shooting at a high school in southern Maryland.

St. Mary’s County Tim Cameron says a 14-year-old boy was also hurt in the Tuesday morning shooting at Great Mills High School.

Cameron told a news conference that the shooter — who died after being confronted by a school resource officer — has been identified as a 17-year-old boy. Sheriff Cameron also said there’s an indication that a prior relationship existed between the shooter and the girl who was shot.


Sheriff: School officer unhurt after shooting

11:50 a.m.

A sheriff says the school resource officer who shot at the suspect during a shooting at a Maryland high school is unhurt.

Speaking at a news conference, St. Mary’s County Tim Cameron says the male student was armed with a handgun Tuesday morning when he wounded a female student and a male student just before classes began at Great Mills High School in southern Maryland.

Cameron says all three were hospitalized and the shooter was later pronounced dead.

Cameron says the shooter and the school resource officer both fired and it wasn’t immediately known if the officer’s bullet killed the suspect.


11:30 a.m.

A sheriff says the shooter at a Maryland high school has died after a school resource officer fired at him.

St. Mary’s County Tim Cameron told a news conference Tuesday morning that the shooter and the officer both fired a round and it wasn’t known if the officer’s bullet killed the suspect.

Cameron says a female student and a male student were also wounded in the shooting in a hallway at Great Mills High School in southern Maryland.


10:45 a.m.

The principal at the Maryland high school where there was a shooting Tuesday morning told parents last month that the school had investigated threats of a possible shooting and found they were “not substantiated.”

Great Mills High School Principal Jake Heibel told parents that school officials interviewed two students in February who were overheard mentioning a school shooting and found that they posed no threat. His letter was posted on the local news site The Bay Net.

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

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cpl. Julie Yingling says three people, including the shooter, were injured in Tuesday’s shooting.


There has been a shooting at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Md., resulting in two people being injured, according to the local sheriff’s department. The suspected shooter has also been transported to a hospital.

A spokesperson for the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s office says the two victims injured have been transported to local hospitals. Cpl. Julie Yingling told NPR that their conditions were not immediately clear, and they were not yet able to release information about the suspect.

“I don’t have any identities on the victims or the shooter or how they’re related to the school, if they’re students, or who they are,” Yingling said.

She stated that the sheriff’s office received a call of shots fired at the high school at approximately 7:58 a.m. “Our officers responded, our officers made entry into the building.” Yingling said.

Speaking on MSNBC, Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron stated that the suspected shooter was “engaged by the school resource officer.”

The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said their agents are on the scene assisting the sheriff’s department.

The school district said students are being evacuated from the school and taken to another local high school, Leonardtown High School, and parents are being asked to come there rather than Great Mills.

Great Mills High School is located in southern Maryland, about 60 miles southeast of Washington, D.C.

The shooting comes just over a month since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people. Last week, tens of thousands of students walked out of classrooms to call for firmer action against gun violence. Mass demonstrations are expected this weekend in Washington, D.C., in favor of stricter gun regulations.

This is a developing story. Some things that get reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene. We will update as the situation develops.


A shooting at a Maryland high school caused injuries Tuesday morning, and the campus was on lockdown as deputies and federal agents converged on the crime scene.

St. Mary’s Couty Sheriff spokeswoman Cpl. Julie Yingling says there have been injuries, but she didn’t know how many or the severity. She said she had “no information” about potential fatalities.

The Baltimore Sun reported that a student said the shooting happened around 8 a.m. Terrence Rhames, 18, told the Sun that he heard a gunshot and saw a girl fall as he ran for an exit. “I just thank god I’m safe,” Rhames said. “I just want to know who did it and who got injured.”

The St. Mary’s County Public Schools said situation was “contained” after the shooting at Great Mills High School, which has about 1,600 students and is near the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, about 65 miles (104 kilometers) southeast of Washington.

The county sheriff said deputies are on the scene, and told parents or guardians to stay away, urging them to go instead to Leonardtown High School to reunite with Great Mills students there. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweeted that its agents are going to the scene.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Rep. Steny Hoyer tweeted that they’re monitoring reports and urged people to follow the instructions of local law enforcement at the scene.

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