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US Lone resource officer's quick action stopped the Maryland school shooter within seconds

21:40  20 march  2018
21:40  20 march  2018 Source:   cnn.com

'He may have saved other people’s lives': Deputy praised for response after shooting at Maryland high school

  'He may have saved other people’s lives': Deputy praised for response after shooting at Maryland high school As school systems across the country debate arming staff, Gov. Larry Hogan and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff praised the actions of the school resource officer who fired at a gunman at Great Mills High School. “He responded exactly as we train our personnel to respond," said Sheriff Tim Cameron of school resource officer Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill. Police said Austin Rollins, 17, shot at two other students who were injured. Gaskill fired at Rollins, who almost simultaneously fired back with a handgun, Cameron said. Gaskill was not injured during the incident, which unfolded in less than a minute.

Two injured in Maryland school shooting 01:00. (CNN) The school shooting was over in seconds . But it could have dragged on longer and proven When a 17-year-old gunman walked into Maryland ' s Great Mills High School on Tuesday, the swift action of the school ' s sole resource officer , Blaine

- The school shooting was over in seconds . But it could have dragged on longer and proven deadlier were it not for the rapid response of a school When a 17-year-old gunman walked into Maryland ’ s Great Mills High School on Tuesday, the swift action of the school ’ s sole resource officer , Blaine

A mother walks with her daughter, a student from Great Mills High School, as she picks her up from a nearby high school in Leonardtown, Maryland, on Tuesday. © Carolyn Kaster/AP A mother walks with her daughter, a student from Great Mills High School, as she picks her up from a nearby high school in Leonardtown, Maryland, on Tuesday.

The school shooting was over in seconds. But it could have dragged on longer and proven deadlier were it not for the rapid response of a school resource officer.

When a 17-year-old gunman walked into Maryland's Great Mills High School on Tuesday, the swift action of the school's sole resource officer, Blaine Gaskill, was instrumental in bringing the incident to a quick end.

Gaskill's response was hailed as an example of exactly what a resource officer is supposed to do in such a circumstance, particularly when contrasted to the actions of the security officer in last month's shooting in Parkland, Florida. (In the incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, the armed school resource deputy waited outside the school building as the shooter gunned down students inside.)

After shooting, Great Mills High School to stay closed through April 2

  After shooting, Great Mills High School to stay closed through April 2 Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County will remain closed for the rest of the week, as the school community deals with the aftermath of a shooting that left one student dead and two others injured. All schools in St. Mary’s County are closed Wednesday due to a snowstorm. All schools in St. Mary’s County are closed Wednesday due to a snowstorm. Schools will be closed next week for spring break, so Great Mills High is expected to reopen April 2.

The school shooting was over in seconds . But it could have dragged on longer and proven deadlier were it not for the rapid response of a school When a 17-year-old gunman walked into Maryland ' s Great Mills High School on Tuesday , the swift action of the school ' s sole resource officer , Blaine

The school shooting was over in seconds . But it could have dragged on longer and proven deadlier were it not for the rapid response of a school When a 17-year-old gunman walked into Maryland ’ s Great Mills High School on Tuesday, the swift action of the school ’ s sole resource officer , Blaine

"He responded exactly how we train our personnel to respond," St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron told reporters.

Engaging the shooter

As soon as the gunfire began, Gaskill rushed to the scene. He fired a round at the shooter, who also fired a round at the same time, Cameron said.

It's not yet clear whether the shooter, Austin Wyatt Rollins, was felled by the officer's bullet or killed himself.

"DFC [Deputy First Class] Gaskill fired at the shooter ... almost simultaneously as the shooter fired," Cameron said. "This is something we train, practice and in reality, hope would never come to fruition. This is our worst nightmare."

Gov. Larry Hogan called Gaskill "a very capable school resource officer who also happened to be a SWAT team member."

Maryland high school shooting: 14-year-old victim identified, discharged from hospital

  Maryland high school shooting: 14-year-old victim identified, discharged from hospital The 14-year-old boy shot in a hallway at Great Mills High School in Southern Maryland minutes before class started Tuesday was discharged from the hospital Wednesday, officials confirmed. The boy, who has been identified as Desmond Barnes, was shot in the thigh and treated at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital. The circumstances surrounding the incident - which left two students injured and one, the suspected gunman, dead - remained unclear Wednesday morning. © Good/TNS/TNS Poll on approches to prevent school shootings. © Good/TNS/TNS Map of school shootings in 2018.

The school shooting was over in seconds . But it could have dragged on longer and proven deadlier were it not for the rapid response of a school When a 17-year-old gunman walked into Maryland ' s Great Mills High School on Tuesday, the swift action of the school ' s sole resource officer , Blaine

The school shooting was over in seconds . But it could have dragged on longer and proven deadlier were it not for the rapid response of a school When a 17-year-old gunman walked into Maryland ' s Great Mills High School on Tuesday , the swift action of the school ' s sole resource officer , Blaine

"This is a tough guy who apparently closed in very quickly and took the right kind of action," he said. "And while I think it's still tragic, he may have saved other people's lives."

Over in seconds

The incident began in a school hallway at 7:55 a.m., just before classes started. Authorities say Austin, armed with a handgun, shot a female student, with whom he had a prior relationship, and another male student.

Gaskill responded to the scene in less than a minute, the sheriff said.

Cameron said the entire incident took less than a minute, possibly seconds.

The 16-year-old female student is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, and the 14-year-old male student who was shot is in stable condition.

Gaskill was unharmed.

"He's doing well and we're going to do everything to support and promote him and his well-being," Cameron said.

Playing to a narrative

Gaskill's actions were praised, rightly, across social media. But some -- most notably, the NRA -- held him up as an example of the "good guy with a gun" theory. The theory goes, that bad guys will always find a way to circumvent whatever gun laws are in place. And "to stop a bad guy with a gun," as NRA head Wayne Lapierre said, "it takes a good guy with a gun."

Gun used in Maryland high school shooting was legally owned by shooter's father, sheriff says

  Gun used in Maryland high school shooting was legally owned by shooter's father, sheriff says GREAT MILLS, Md. - The handgun used in Tuesday's shooting at Great Mills High School in Southern Maryland was legally owned by the shooter's father, the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday. Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, brought a Glock 9 mm handgun to the school and opened fire in a hallway at about 7:50 a.m., injuring a 16-year-old girl, according to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's 1/5 SLIDES © Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun/TNS From left, Brian Morgan walks arm-in-arm with his daughter, Bethanie Morgan, as his wife, Susan Morgan, and daughter, Brittanie Morgan, follow, on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

Lone resource officer ' s quick action stopped the Maryland school shooter within seconds . Rollins was later pronounced dead. Gaskill was unharmed. The 16-year-old female student is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, and the 14-year-old male student who was shot is in stable

The school resource officer who engaged with an active shooter at a Maryland high school on Tuesday has been recognized for his "exemplary judgment" Deputy Blaine Gaskill did everything he was trained to do during an active shooter situation on Tuesday, Sheriff Tim Cameron said.

"This [Great Mills High School] armed school resource officer, you're not hearing anyone in #MSM talk about it because it disrupts their narrative," NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch said in one of several tweets Tuesday. (MSM is short for mainstream media.)

So far, this year, there have already been 17 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed.

In the Parkland shooting, school resource deputy Scot Peterson never entered the building after taking a position outside. He resigned after he was suspended without pay for his inaction.

"Had our resource officer taken action immediately, the result of the Stoneman Douglas Valentine's Day Massacre would have been different," Parkland student Kai Koerber told CNN.

"We might not have had to walk over the bodies of our classmates, once lovely and wonderful people, as we were led away from murderous tragedy."

Speaking to reporters, Dr. James Scott Smith, the superintendent of St. Mary's County's public schools, put the senselessness of it all in perspective.

"It looks as though the SRO [school resource officer] did exactly what the SRO is trained to do, and yet we still have a tragic loss of life," he said. "We still have somebody in critical condition. And we have students at the school and staff at the school impacted."

CNN's Diane Gallagher contributed to this report.

Girl wounded in Maryland high school shooting dies .
A 16-year-old girl critically wounded this week by a fellow student at a Maryland high school has died, raising the number killed in the latest deadly U.S. school shooting to two, authorities said on Friday. Jaelynn Willey died at 11:34 p.m. EDT (1534 GMT) on Thursday, surrounded by her family, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Friday.The death came hours after her mother said at a hospital that her daughter had been declared brain dead and would be taken off life support."It is with heavy hearts and great sadness we provide this update," the sheriff's statement said.

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