At 7:55 A.M. on March 20, 2018, Austin Wyatt Rollins shot two fellow classmates at Great Mills High School in Maryland. Armed with a handgun, the shooter arrived at school and approached his former girlfriend and her new boyfriend. Blaine Gaskill, a school resource officer, responded to the situation within seconds. Gaskill and Rollins both fired rounds at each other. The shooter was pronounced dead, while the school resource officer was unharmed in the shootout.
The 16-year-old female was shot and taken to a hospital in critical condition. She sustained life-threatening injuries but was eventually stabilized. Her 14-year-old boyfriend was also shot, but he is now in stable condition.
Students were evacuated from the high school and taken to a nearby location to reassemble. While the students and parents gathered at nearby Leonardtown High School, agents from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms along with FBI specialists reported to the scene of the shooting. Just last week, several students from Great Mills High School participated in the walk out against school violence. On Saturday, many more are already planning on attending March for Our Lives in Washington D.C. This rally will advocate for safer schools and gun control after the devastating shooting in Parkland, Florida and now Maryland.
Just last month, two students were arrested for making a mass threat to neighboring Leonardtown High School. The 15 and 16 year old students had a combined 25 guns in their bedrooms.
Police have already begun the investigation into this tragedy. Officers arrived at the suspect’s home and browsed through his social media profiles. So far, investigators have not found any pre-incident signs online.