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Police and witnesses on Tuesday reported yet another school shooting, this time at Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County, Maryland. The alleged gunman, who died in a shootout with an armed officer, was identified by police as Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17.
Rollins allegedly shot a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy with a Glock semi-automatic handgun in the hallway of the school at around 8 a.m. Both victims were rushed to a hospital, where the male is in stable condition and the female is in critical condition.
Investigators were still looking into possible motives on Tuesday afternoon, but Sheriff Tim Cameron told reporters that he believed the 16-year-old female victim had a previous relationship with Rollins. The connection, if any, between the male victim and the alleged shooter remained unknown.
Cameron said that the entire shootout lasted "less than a minute" and that resource officer Blaine Gaskill and Rollins "fired simultaneously." It's unclear whether the suspect died of a self-inflicted wound or if the resource officer fired the fatal shot. The officer was not hurt.
Reports of the early morning shooting sent anxiety and fear rippling through the campus, which sits just 65 miles southeast of Washington, D.C.
"There was a loud sound and everyone started screaming and running," Mollie Davis, a student at the school, told Newsweek. "I was upstairs and heard everyone screaming. What I heard just sounded like a balloon pop."
Davis said she hid inside her math classroom, bunkered down with classmates while they waited for police to give them an all-clear. She didn't know who the shooter was but suspected that it was a student. Two weeks earlier, students at a nearby high school had been arrested for allegedly planning to carry out a shooting.
On March 24, activists and student survivors will join together for a nationwide march to pressure legislators to pass comprehensive gun control. Emma Gonzalez, a student survivor from the Parkland, Florida school shooting, tweeted her support to the students at Great Mills.
"We are Here for you, students of Great Mills," Parkland student activist Emma Gonzalez tweeted, "together we can stop this from ever happening again."
Last week, the students at Great Mills joined together for National School Walkout, a nationwide protest against gun violence.
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