By STEPHEN PIMPO, WJLA
GREAT MILLS, Md. (WJLA) - The suspect, a student, is dead after a shooting Tuesday morning at a high school in St. Mary's County, Maryland, that has left a girl in critical condition and a boy in stable condition, according to authorities.
The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office said it happened at Great Mills High School. The sheriff's department identified the shooter as 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins. ABC7's Brad Bell said sources first told him that Rollins was a student, as were the two victims. Police also confirmed that it was the school resource officer who took action to end the threat. Authorities say that Rollins fired his gun at the same time as the officer and they are investigating how he died.
Authorities held two press conference on the shooting later in the day. It was during the first one that they announced Rollins was dead.
The second press conference featured Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and it was there that they identified Rollins. Officials also said that Rollins had a relationship with the female student injured in the shooting and that he used a Glock pistol in his attack.
Rollins and the two victims were taken to the hospital after the attack. MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital identified the victims as a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. They say the two were taken to them around 8:15 a.m. and that the girl was later taken to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in life-threatening condition.
The FBI and members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are on the scene. ABC7's Kevin Lewis obtained scanner audio from the St. Mary's County Fire and Emergency Medical Services channel as they responded to the Great Mills Shooting. The information from the audio is all unconfirmed.
LISTEN: "Call St. Mary’s Hospital, warn them, they’re getting at least two priority one patients... Both of the priority one patients are head injuries, the priority two patient is going to be a leg injury, and they should see all of those patients in the next 20-25 minutes.” pic.twitter.com/LHF0RrbVpx— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) March 20, 2018
The sheriff's office says parents had to pick up their students from the auditorium at nearby Leonardtown High School in Leonardtown and should not go to Great Mills High School. St. Mary's County Public Schools has since canceled all after-school activities for Tuesday.
The shooting comes exactly one month after The BayNet reported a threat to Great Mills that had been circulating on Snapchat.
There has been an incident at Great Mills High School. Parents please DO NOT respond to the school. Report to Leonardtown High School— St. Mary's Sheriff (@firstsheriff) March 20, 2018
St. Mary's County Public Schools released a statement on the shooting and said the school was on full lockdown, but parts of the school have since been reopened and students have been bused to Leonardtown High School. The shooting comes just days after students at Great Mills and Leonardtown held a walkout to protest gun violence, The BayNet said.
There has been a Shooting at Great Mills High School. The school is on lock down the event is contained, the Sheriff's office is on the scene additional information to follow.— SMCPS_MD (@SMCPS_MD) March 20, 2018
Parents/Guardians should go to Leonardtown HS for reunification with GMHS students
Maryland State Police said they are aware of the situation, the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation, and that they have set up a media staging area at Chancellor's Run Regional Park.
No other information has been released at this time.