Maryland school shooting injures three

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Rollins was later pronounced dead at the hospital. "And we need more than prayers".

A heavily armed law enforcement officer stands guard as students from Great Mills High School are evacuated to Leonardtown High School following a school shooting at Great Mills High School March 20, 2018 in Leonardtown, Maryland.

Great Mills High School Principal Jake Heibel told parents that school officials interviewed two students in February who were overheard mentioning a school shooting and found that they posed no threat.

"She was walking in the hallway and said she heard a gunshot and kids running and crying and police running in with their guns", Somerville said.

Just two weeks ago, Smith spoke to an auditorium of parents about steps the district is taking to make schools safer in St. Mary's County.

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"Gaskill fired at the shooter nearly simultaneously as the shooter fired", Cameron said.

St. Mary's County Tim Cameron says a 14-year-old boy was also hurt in the Tuesday morning shooting at Great Mills High School.

The school's resource officer, Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill, quickly "engaged" the shooter, Cameron said.

"There is an indication that a prior relationship existed between the shooter and the female victim", Cameron added. Three-quarters of Americans said gun laws should be stricter than they are today, up from 68 per cent in a October 2017 survey following the Las Vegas shooting, Xinhua cited the latest poll as saying. "We may not ever know", he said.

"I just thank God I'm safe", said Rhames, 18. Deputy Gaskill was not injured.

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"Had a very capable school resource officer that also happened to be a S.W.A.T. team member", he said at a news conference.

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md., 5th), attending the initial briefing held at Loffler Senior Activity Center in nearby Chancellor's Run Regional Park, told reporters that "whatever action [the officer] took may have saved lives". A gun was taken to school, and discharged, and [in this case] somebody died and two people were wounded.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called Gaskill a "tough guy" who "took the right kind of action". "Our hearts are broken".

Hogan said he would push emergency legislation to improve school safety in the wake of the incident.

"This is a very complex, ongoing, criminal investigation", said Cpl. "We had several first-hand witnesses to this incident".

"School is supposed to be a place of fun and joy and learning, but we are seeing all too often that they have become a place of anxiety for some students".

The Maryland high school where a student shot and wounded at least one classmate before dying in a confrontation with a police officer will remain closed until next month.

"Jaelynn is an awesome young lady, whose peaceful presence and love of her fellow students and family is known throughout her Maryland-based school", the family statement said.

"He responded exactly as we train our personnel to respond", he said. "So, in the hours to come, in the days to come, through a detailed investigation, we will be able to determine if our SRO's round struck the shooter". "We will continue to help out in any way we can".

In July 2016, Gaskill was responding to a complaint at a Great Mills home when a man - identified as Pekka Robert Heinonen, 59 - pointed a gun at him, according to Maryland newspaper The Enterprise.

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