Maryland school gunman died of self-inflicted gunshot, police say

Maryland school gunman died of self-inflicted gunshot, police say

A self-inflicted gunshot wound, not a bullet fired by a sheriff's deputy, killed a 17-year-old who had just shot another student at a Maryland high school last week, authorities have said.

Austin Rollins, a student at Great Mills High School, shot Jaelynn Willey, 16, with his father's handgun in a hallway at the school last Tuesday, according to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office.

Willey, who had been in a relationship with Rollins that had recently ended, died days later.

About three minutes after Rollins shot Willey, sheriff's deputy Blaine Gaskill fired one round at him, striking his gun. At the same time, Rollins shot himself in the head, the sheriff said in a brief statement on Monday.

Rollins was wounded and died at a hospital. Gaskill was unharmed.

Desmond Barnes, a 14-year-old student, was struck in the leg by the same bullet that hit Willey, the sheriff said. Barnes was treated at a hospital and released a day after the shooting.

Details of the shooting emerged after hundreds of thousands of people marched over the weekend to demand the US government tighten gun laws.

Led by survivors of a Florida high school shooting in February that claimed 17 lives, the marchers called on lawmakers and President Donald Trump to confront the issue after decades of shooting sprees at US schools and colleges.

2 wounded in Maryland school shooting

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    A 17-year-old boy opened fire at a Maryland high school in an attack that left two fellow students wounded,

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    then died after a gunfight with a police officer posted there, amid a renewed national debate over gun violence in schools.

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    The shooting in St. Mary's County, about 113 km south of Washington

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    The latest bloodshed erupted shortly before 8 a.m. at Great Mills High School and lasted less than a minute, county Sheriff Timothy Cameron said, but the precise sequence of events was still being sorted out hours later.

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    A 16-year-old girl was in intensive care with life-threatening wounds, Cameron told a news conference.

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    A 14-year-old boy also struck by gunfire was listed in good condition at a hospital.

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    The gunman was identified as Austin Wyatt Rollins, and Cameron said there was "an indication" the teenager had a prior relationship with the female student, although that was still under investigation.

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    Cameron also said it was not clear whether Rollins died after being shot by sheriff's Deputy 1st Class Blaine Gaskill, who was assigned as the Great Mills school resource officer, or from self-inflicted gunfire.

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    The shooting came five weeks after a high school massacre in Florida and just days before a planned student-led march in the US capital for tougher gun laws.

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