A student armed with a handgun wounded two classmates at a Maryland high school on Tuesday.
Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, entered Great Mills High School in Great Mills at the beginning of the school day and used a semi-automatic handgun to shoot 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey in a hallway, Sheriff Tim Cameron said. A male student also was shot in the leg.
There is an indication that a prior relationship existed between the shooter and the female victim, Cameron said. Details on a potential motive are not yet clear.
Willey was transferred to the ICU at UM Prince George’s Hospital Center, where she has life-threatening injuries, Cameron said.
Cameron said the “school resource officer” responsible for security engaged the shooter after hearing gunfire at around 7:45 am (1145 GMT), shortly before classes were due to begin for the day.
Following the shooting in Great Mills, students were evacuated to a nearby school where they were reunited with their parents.
Under the banner #ENOUGH, tens of thousands of US high school students walked out of classrooms around the country on March 14 to protest gun violence.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan pledged to provide assistance.
“Our prayers are with students, school personnel and first responders,” Hogan said in a tweet.