A 16-year-old girl critically wounded during a high school shooting in Southern Maryland recently ended a relationship with the gunman, authorities confirmed.
“All indications suggest the shooting was not a random act of violence,” St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
Armed with his father’s legally-owned handgun, 17-year-old Austin Rollins loosed a round of bullets in the halls of Great Mills High School, striking Jaelynn Willey in the minutes before her classes were scheduled to begin, according to police.
The 16-year-old victim was “gravely” injured in the shooting and remained in critical condition at University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center Thursday morning.
“The snow fell wet and thick in Southern Maryland, closing the schools down which seemed only fitting,” reads the latest update on Willey’s YouCaring page.
“I wish that she been home today to sled with her little siblings. Instead it’s been 36 hours of being in critical condition after she was shot at her high school, a place that should be safe.”
Student Desmond Barnes — “who was in the same hallway” as Willey when the chaos unfolded — was also injured in the shooting. The 14-year-old was treated for a gunshot wound to his thigh and released from MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Wednesday morning.
Rollins died at a hospital following a brief confrontation with the school’s lone resource officer, Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill.
Gaskill fired off a single shot at the student, who “simultaneously” discharged his Glock semi-automatic. The school resource officer was uninjured.
Detectives are still in the process of interviewing friends, family and associates of Rollins to better understand the motive behind the violent attack.
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