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Summary: A 17-year-old shot two students at his high school in Maryland on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, a teenage gunman shot two classmates at Great Mills High School in Maryland. According to CNN, the shooter was taken down by a school officer and died later in the hospital.

  
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Authorities said that the shooter, Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, shot two students in a hallway before class started, and that the gunman was “contained” after a school resource officer “engaged” him.

The school was put on lockdown for a period of time after the incident.

The shooter was injured by the school resource officer, and he was taken to the hospital where he died from his gun injuries.

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The shooting occurred around 8 a.m., and a 16-year-old female and 14-year-old male were injured.

The female victim is listed as in “critical condition” and the male victim was said to be in “good condition.” Authorities said that Rollins had a previous relationship with his female victim.



Great Mills has approximately 1,600 students. All schools in the county are staffed with an armed deputy sheriff who works as the resource officer. After the shooting, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded to the scene along with local police, according to NBC News.

Students were taken to a nearby high school by bus so that they could be reunited with their parents following the shooting.

Tuesday’s school shooting comes only days after the March 14 national walk-out against gun violence. The walk-out was organized by the survivors of the February 14 Parkland, Florida shooting, where 17 students and staff members were gunned down by a former classmate, Nikolas Cruz.

According to NBC News, the students at Great Mills had participated in the walk-out, which occurred at 10 am and took place for 17 minutes in honor of the 17 victims.

This month, the White House proposed funding firearms training for school personnel, an initiative which has been met with controversy.

In the state of Maryland, people under the age of 21 are not allowed to own or purchase handguns or assault weapons.

CNN stated that this is the 17th school shooting in the United States since January 1.

In response to Tuesday’s shooting, survivors of the Parkland Shooting tweeted out their support for the students of Great Mills and repeated their call to end gun violence.

“The words School & Shooting should not be next to each other. Headlines like this should not have to be typed up every week. All of these incidents have one thing in common. My thoughts are with Maryland right now,” Marjorie Stoneman Douglas student Adam Alhanti said on Twitter.

President Donald Trump expressed his condolences to reporters and called the shooting “a terrible thing.”

How could this tragedy have been prevented? Let us know in the comments below.



 

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