On Tuesday morning, a student armed with a Glock 9-millimeter handgun fired at two classmates in a first-floor hallway, injuring a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, according to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office.
"DFC [Deputy First Class] Gaskill fired at the shooter. nearly simultaneously as the shooter fired", Cameron said. Julie Yingling says there have been no fatalities in the Tuesday morning shooting at Great Mills High School. The accused gunman, a 19-year-old former student expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons last year, was arrested and charged with 17 counts of murder.
Speaking to reporters, Dr. James Scott Smith, the superintendent of St. Mary's County's public schools, put the senselessness of it all in perspective. "So if he would have been a couple minutes earlier, he would have been right in the same area", she said.
"We are here for you, students of Great Mills, together we can stop this from ever happening again", Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Stoneman Douglas High School who survived last month's rampage, wrote on Twitter.
Based on the initial findings, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said it seems like Deputy Gaskill's response to the situation should serve as an example for other school districts. "Kids go to school every day [expecting] to be safe, and they're not".
"It looks as though the SRO [school resource officer] did exactly what the SRO is trained to do, and yet we still have a tragic loss of life", he said.
When Rollins was confronted by the resource officer, he reportedly fired at him, which prompted Gaskill to fire a shot back.
Under the banner #ENOUGH, tens of thousands of United States high school students walked out of classrooms around the country on March 14 to protest gun violence.
"Although our pain remains fresh and the facts remain uncertain, today's frightful events should not be an excuse to pause our conversation about school safety".
A 15-year-old student shot 16 people - killing two other 15-year-olds - at Marshall County High School, authorities said. "This is what we prepare for and this is what we pray we never have to do", said St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron. "I just want to know who did it and who got injured".
Eleven weeks into 2018 there have been 17 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed.
The latest in a long string of deadly shootings at USA schools and colleges took place a little more than a month after 17 students and educators were shot dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. "Jaelynn is an fantastic young lady, whose peaceful presence and love of her fellow students and family is known throughout her Maryland-based school", the statement reads.
It will take time for the school community to process and heal from the incident, he said. He said it's now for Congress to take action. Mass demonstrations are expected this weekend in Washington, D.C., in favor of stricter gun regulations, a protest organized by Parkland shooting survivors.
Federal agents from the FBI, and the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - as well as local police - are at the school investigating the incident.
Police increased their presence at the high school, according to TheBayNet.com, though the threat was not substantiated. "But that debate does not to be ahead of school safety".