Prayer Vigil Held After Md. School Shooting

Nellie Chapman
March 22, 2018

Two students were wounded, and the student shooter died after exchanging gunfire with a campus security officer at Great Mills High School in Maryland, the county sheriff said.

"I was watching the news this morning and it was just, I was just in shock honestly", said Mia Griffiths of St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Cameron said the security officer fired a shot at Rollins, but it was not immediately clear if the officer struck the gunman or whether he had committed suicide. The shooting on Tuesday ironically took place 6 days after the student body's own gun control walkout and 4 days before the nationwide March For Our Lives, a protest organized by the Parkland survivors and advocated for by dozens of celebrities.

A high school student was shot in the parking lot of Oxon Hill High.

Rollins had a prior relationship with the girl, Sheriff Tim Cameron said. Among them was 15-year-old Bethany Morgan and her dad, Brian.

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office urged anyone with information about the incident to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"All my daughter said is she was hiding", a father said as law officers and rescue crews continued their response.

Fourteen hundred students were evacuated from Great Mills, and bused to another school, where they are being reunited with their parents. "We may not ever know", he said. Cameron said, adding the officerl "responded exactly how we train our personnel to respond". "Kids go to school every day [expecting] to be safe, and they're not".

Tracey Harms's son is a sophomore at Great Mills.

A sheriff says the school resource officer who shot at the suspect during a shooting at a Maryland high school is unhurt.

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The St. Mary's County Public Schools said on its website early Tuesday that there was a shooting at Great Mills High School, located in the southern end of the state.

This weekend, students across the country plan an anti-gun violence march on the nation's capital.

"Although our pain remains fresh and the facts remain uncertain, today's awful events should not be an excuse to pause our conversation about school safety. But we don't have action", said the No. 2 U.S. House Democrat, Steny Hoyer, who represents the area.

Her daughter's stalker was not the man who shot the school, Taylor said. "I just want to know who did it and who got injured".

Gaskill's interaction on Monday with the deceased gunman, 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins, wasn't the first time he came face-to-face with a firearm.

Police did not identify the victims, but the family of 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey, a sophomore at Great Mills, confirmed she had been shot.

It will take time for the school community to process and heal from the incident, he said. "Instead, it must serve as a call to action".

They have organized an event on Saturday called "March For Our Lives", which is expected to attract large crowds in USA cities, with the main event in Washington.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, at a press conference hours later, appeared to choke up as he talked about the need to do something. This safety summit has been planned for weeks and will focus on state-of-the-art preparation ideas and protocols within all Maryland schools.

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