In the 11th school shooting since the Valentine’s Day massacre at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a Maryland student pulled out a gun and shot two other teenagers before he was fatally wounded on Tuesday morning.
A male student shot a female student in the hallway . Another male student was also shot.
“This is the realization of your worst nightmare — that, in a school, that our children could be attacked,” said Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron, of St. Mary’s County, Maryland.
Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, entered Great Mills High School in Great Mills just as classes were getting ready to start at 7:45 a.m., and used a handgun to shoot a female student in a hallway, Sheriff Tim Cameron said. A male student also was shot.
The 16-year-old female student was transferred to the ICU at UM Prince George’s Hospital Center, where she has life-threatening injuries, Cameron said. The 14-year-old male victim is in good condition, according to the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.
Cameron said Rollins died, but it was unclear if he was killed by a self-inflicted wound or from a bullet fired by an officer stationed at the school.
The shooter and school resource officer Blaine Gaskill each fired a round, but Cameron said authorities don’t know if the officer’s bullet killed the suspect.
“When the shooting took place, our school resource officer, who was stationed inside the school, was alerted to the event and the shots being fired. He pursued the shooter and engaged the shooter, during which that engagement he fired a round at the shooter,” said Cameron, who noted that the officer was unhurt.
Meanwhile, the brother of the teenager charged in last month’s Florida school shooting was arrested for trespassing on the campus grounds where the massacre took place.
An arrest report said Zachary Cruz, 18, “surpassed all locked doors and gates and proceeded to ride his skateboard through school grounds” in Parkland despite “prior warnings” from school staff to stay away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
His brother, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder plus 17 counts of attempted murder for the February 14 attack, and could face the death penalty.
Zachary Cruz is being held at the Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale. It was the third time he had been on the campus since the mass shooting, a Broward prosecutor said during a court hearing Tuesday.
The other recorded school shootings took place all over America.
A teacher accidentally discharged a gun during a public safety class at Seaside High School, in California in March 13, injuring a student.
One person was hospitalized after a shooting at an apartment building on the campus of the University of South Alabama, on March 8 in Mobile, Alabama.
One student was killed and another critically wounded after an accidental shooting during dismissal time at Huffman High School in Birmingham, Alabama on March 7. Police wouldn’t elaborate further.
Also on March 7, a student was shot inside a dormitory at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. His injuries were not life-threatening.
Two people were shot to death at a dormitory on the campus of Central Michigan University, in Mount Pleasant, Michigan on March 2. The victims were parents of a student and police are calling the incident an act of domestic violence.
A student at Virginia’s Norfolk State University was shot from an adjacent dorm room while he was doing homework, on February 27. He was not seriously injured.
Also on February 27, a person was shot in a rec center at Mississippi Valley State University. Police said the person was not a student and the injury was not life-threatening.
On February 24, a person was shot on the campus of Savannah State University, in Georgia, and taken to a nearby hospital where he later died. Neither the victim nor the shooter were university students, the college said.
There have been about 200 shootings on school campuses in the U.S. since 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012, according to Everytown For Gun Safety, an advocacy group.
On Saturday, More than 700 student-led ‘March for Our Lives’ events will take place to demand action on gun safety. Since Parkland, Congress has taken no votes and passed no legislation on gun safety.
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