Saturday, 24 August, 2019

Maryland High School Shooter Shot Himself in the Head, Authorities Say

A sign from Maryland's Great Mills High School is seen in the crowd during the Maryland school shooter died from gunshot to head, sheriff says
Deanna Wagner | 28 March, 2018, 00:36

The student who fatally shot a female classmate last week at a Maryland high school died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a confrontation with a school resource officer who also fired his gun, authorities said Monday.

According to details released by the St. Mary's County sheriff's office, Rollins parked his vehicle at 7:50 a.m. and walked through the school's main entrance two minutes later.

The officer's shot struck Rollins' gun, which was in the teen's hand, the sheriff's office said.

Austin Wyatt Rollins parked his auto at 7:50 the entrance of Great Mills High School in southern Maryland.

Desmond Barnes, a 14-year-old student, was struck in the leg by the same bullet that hit Willey, the sheriff said. Her funeral service is scheduled for Friday.

Authorities have also released recordings of the 911 calls made after the shooting.

In the background of the call, the voice of the school principal comes over the intercom telling students and teachers to go into lockdown. Rollins allegedly shot Willey and Barnes in a school hallway just before classes began last Tuesday, police said. "Stay strong with me, buddy".

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Great Mills High School is in Great Mills, about 70 miles southeast of Washington. "We've got help coming to you, OK?" the dispatcher said.

"I was just shot in my school", Barnes tells the 911 dispatcher during a almost 15-minute recording.

"OK, how old are you, ma'am?" the dispatcher asks, and the girl answers: "I'm 17".

The call ends with officers arriving in the classroom where he and others were hiding. "I don't know if it was a gun but there's a girl ... bleeding on the ground".

The handgun used in the shooting belonged to Rollins' dad, The New York Times reported.

Police said Rollins, the shooter, had a "prior relationship which recently ended" with Willey and that the shooting was not a random act of violence.