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Earlier this month, gunfire erupted inside Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County, Maryland just as students were heading to their first class of the day. Two students were injured, and one died as a result. Details have emerged about how the school shooter, 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins, also died in the shootout.
Resource officer Blaine Gaskill has been hailed as a hero for tracking down the suspected shooter and confronting him.
Up until now, it has been unclear if Gaskill killed Rollins or if Rollins ended his own life. New reports reveal that Rollins died by a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office posted on their website that “Rollins fired one fatal shot to his head; simultaneously, DFC. Gaskill also fired one non-fatal shot, which struck the weapon in Rollins’ hand.”
They also published a map of the school which shows the timeline of the shooting and documents the movements of both Rollins and Gaskill.
“Evidence indicates at approximately 7:57 am on March 20, 2018, Austin Rollins, fired a single shot from a handgun in Great Mills High School Hallway F, striking Jaelynn Willey and Desmond Barnes. Rollins continued walking through the school, and was confronted by School Resource Officer,” the sheriff’s office states.
Jaelynn Willey, 16, (pictured above) was taken off life support last week. Barnes, 14, was hospitalized but released the day after the shooting.
Police say that “Rollins and the female victim had a prior relationship which recently ended.”
The handgun used in the shooting belonged to Rollins’ dad, The New York Times reported.
[Photo: Facebook St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office]