22 March, 2018, 12:00 am
GREAT MILLS, Md. – A 17-year-old boy opened fire at a Maryland high school on Tuesday in an attack that left two fellow students wounded, then died after a gunfight with a police officer posted there, amid a renewed national debate over gun violence in schools.
The shooting in St. Mary’s County, about 70 miles (113 km) south of Washington, 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.
The latest bloodshed erupted shortly before 8am 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.
A 16-year-old girl was in intensive care with life-threatening wounds, Mr Cameron told a news conference. A 14-year-old boy also struck by gunfire was listed in good condition at a hospital.
The gunman was identified as Austin Wyatt Rollins, and Mr Cameron said there was “an indication” the teenager had a prior relationship with the female student, although that was still under investigation.