UPDATE: Family: Jaelynn Willey is brain-dead, will take off life support
UPDATE: Sheriff says shooter died after the shot fired by DFC Blaine Gaskill –THE HERO OF GREAT MILLS HIGH SCHOOL –
Sheriff Tim Cameron: Dfc. Gaskill located and confronted Rollins, who was still armed with a handgun in a nearby hallway. Dfc. Gaskill fired one shot at Rollins, who simultaneously fired a shot as well; Rollins sustained a life-threatening injury from the exchange.
Rollins and the victims were provided with medical attention at the scene; Rollins was subsequently transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries. Rollins was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, Maryland, for an autopsy.
All indications suggest the shooting was not a random act of violence. Rollins and the female victim had a prior relationship which recently ended. The investigation has not yet uncovered any public social media posts/threats made by Rollins. Detectives are continuing to interview friends, family, and associates of Rollins to obtain further information. Once all facts are collected and verified, information will be disseminated to the public. The investigation has determined the handgun utilized by Rollins in the shooting was legally owned by Rollins’ father.
SHOOTING AT GREAT MILLS HIGH SCHOOL –
Austin Wyatt Rollins identified as the shooter at Great Mills High School. On his Facebook page, he notes he began a relationship in December of 2016. The name of the girl he shot has not been released by the Sheriff. There is no mention of Rollins on the girl’s Facebook page. St. Mary’s Sheriff Cameron stated that the kid missed the cop but the cop returned fire. Cameron says the investigation will determine if Deputy Gaskill fired the
fatal shot or if Rollins killed himself. The Sheriff is not saying how many bullets exited Rollin’s gun but expects video coverage will answer many questions. One eyewitness report was that Rollins shot himself. A law enforcement source says it is unlikely that Deputy Gaskill would have missed, but his shot may not have been fatal, and Rollins may have been able to fire a shot that ended his own life. An autopsy by the Office of the Medical Examiner and ballistics tests will determine the final report. There is no doubt that Deputy Gaskill saved as many as a dozen lives or more by his quick action. The weapon used by Rollins could hold as many as 15 rounds and police have not revealed if Rollins had extra ammo.
School Resource Officer Blaine Gaskill. Sheriff Cameron: Immediate CPR and medical aid were given to the shooter prior to transport to the hospital.
Jaelynn Willey is in PG Shock Trauma. Desmond Barnes, 15, was shot in the thigh and is in good condition and has now been released from the hospital.
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Please help support the Willey family through this trying time. Their oldest daughter was a victim of the school shooting at Great Mills High School. She is currently in critical condition. Any donation no matter how small will be appreciated immensely as no one is ever prepared for a medical emergency like this!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your amazing generosity and donations. Being able to lift the stress of finances for the Willeys is just so amazing. Please share and keep praying for recovery. Jaelynn is still in critical condition.
Melissa’s brother, Timothy Cormier who is Jaelynn’s uncle wrote: This morning, our family was devastated to learn that our beautiful Jaelynn was one of the victims in a school shooting at her high school, Great Mills. Jaelynn is an amazing young lady, whose peaceful presence and love of her fellow students and family is known throughout her Maryland-based school. The second oldest of 9 children, Jaelynn is not only a role model to her siblings but also a dedicated student and member of her school’s swim team. She also selflessly helps take care of her brothers and sisters each and every day, whether at home or at the beach, one of her favorite places to be. It is hard for us not to see her shining, smiling face right now, and to see her light up the room with her presence. We know that many of you are anxious to hear about her condition, and we will update you when we can. For now, we just ask for privacy for the families as we deal with the shock of this situation. For those that are looking for a way to help, please keep Jaelynn and our family in your prayers.
The family asks for donations for medical bills for Desmond Barnes who was shot in the leg by Austin Rollins in Great Mills High School on March 20, 2018
On March 20, 2018, two students were shot at Great Mills High School.
Desmond Barnes, one of the shooting victims, was shot in the leg. He is doing well now but the long-term effects of a such a tragedy are unknown.
It’s unfortunate that in this day and age, our children cannot even feel safe at school.
Desmond is an amazing child. He is an exceptionally bright young male with an extremely bright future ahead of him. He is constantly winning awards and receiving recognition in various areas of study, making his parents, siblings, and entire family proud.
The entire family has a major battle ahead of them with related medical expenses aftercare and only God knows what else.
Anything you can give will be greatly appreciated.
ALL funds will be sent directly to the family.
Thank you in advance for your support! DONATE
NOT THE FIRST TIME A GUN
WAS POINTED AT DEPUTY GASKILL
GREAT MILLS, MD. – St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron reported on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Blaine Gaskill responded to the 45000 block of Stoney Run Drive in Great Mills for a disturbance. Upon arrival, Deputy Gaskill made contact with a resident of the home, who advised the argument occurred in an upstairs apartment. As the deputy made his way to the apartment, with the homeowner, he observed a man standing on the front porch pointing a handgun at him. Deputy Gaskill gave multiple commands for the subject to drop the weapon, but he refused. Ultimately, the suspect, Pekka Robert Heinonen, age 59, of Great Mills, complied and was placed under arrest.
SHERIFF CAMERON AT PRESS CONFERENCE:
“When the shooting took place, our school resource officer who was stationed inside the school was alerted to the event and the shots being fired,” the sheriff said. “He pursued the shooter and engaged the shooter. He fired a round at the shooter; simultaneously, the shooter fired a round as well.”
- Glock semi-automatic handgun was the weapon used by the shooter.
- The SRO did his job and stopped potential threats.
- We may never know the motive of the shooter.
“Every member of the agency is equipped with a medical kit and combat medical supplies.” – Sheriff Tim Cameron
Sheriff Cameron: Austin Wyatt Rollins died at La Plata Hospital at 10:41 am March 20, 2018.
“This could have been a lot more involved if our school resource officer had not engaged immediately.”
– Sheriff Tim Cameron.
- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan calls for resource officers for all schools in Maryland.
- St. Mary’s School Superintendent Scott Smith reveals there are no metal detectors for the high schools.
ALL GREAT MILLS STUDENTS HAVE BEEN TRANSPORTED TO LEONARDTOWN HIGH SCHOOL TO BE REUNITED WITH PARENTS, SAYS SHERIFF CAMERON
Cameron reports that some students who are witnesses are being held at Great Mills High School, all others have been moved to Leonardtown High School.
Cameron said that the police do not know the relationship between the shooter and the victim.
Sheriff Cameron said the situation started with one student who shot a female student in a hallway and then a second student was shot. Other students alerted the School Resource Officer who responded and at 7:56 am shot the shooter. One shot was fired at the school resource officer but the deputy was not injured.
- Sheriff Resource Officer fired one shot at the shooter.
- Shooter fired one shot at Deputy but missed.
- The shooter fired simultaneously at the deputy and is now dead.
Violence at Great Mills High School is nothing new, this is just the first time a gun has been involved inside the school.
Great Mills High School is in the district of U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, the House Minority Whip. Hoyer said action is needed to prevent school shootings.
Gov. Larry Hogan arrived at 1:00 pm press conference with St. Mary’s Sheriff Cameron
Gov. Hogan pointed to his $125 million proposals to lawmakers for school safety which has gone nowhere with the
Governor Larry Hogan Announces School Safety Initiatives
Will Provide $125 Million for School Safety Enhancements, Plus $50 Million in Annual Grants, Emergency Legislation to Create Statewide Standards, Support for Common Sense Legislation
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced a series of new initiatives, including new funding, an executive order, and emergency legislation. He also voiced his support for existing legislative proposals to enhance safety in Maryland schools; increase coordination among schools, state agencies, and law enforcement; and keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill and individuals with violent criminal records.
“There is no more important job than keeping our citizens safe – especially our children. In the wake of the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida, citizens here in our state and all across America want to know what the government at all levels is doing to keep our children safe, and what we are collectively doing to stop gun violence and violent crime,” said Governor Hogan. “Classrooms should never be a place of fear for our children. No mom or dad should ever have to worry when they send their kids off to school whether their son or daughter is going to come home safely.”
The governor was joined by Dr. Karen Salmon, state Superintendent of Schools; Glenn Fueston, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP); and Ed Clarke, executive director of the Maryland Center for School Safety. Governor Hogan attended the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington, D.C. this past weekend, where he discussed strategies and best practices for school safety with governors from both parties.
Maryland has already enacted many of the measures that other states are currently considering, including some of the toughest gun laws in the nation. Recent Hogan administration initiatives have strengthened emergency response procedures and agency cooperation, and the Maryland Center for School Safety is the only center of its kind in the nation to be housed in the state’s law enforcement fusion center.
“Great work is already being done to ensure the safety of Maryland’s students and its schools,” said the governor, referencing recent successful law enforcement interventions in Frederick, St. Mary’s, and Montgomery Counties. “Incidents like this here in Maryland and all across the country make it very clear that we absolutely must remain vigilant when it comes to protecting our kids, and we absolutely must do more.”
To bolster school security efforts in the state, Governor Hogan announced that the administration would commit an additional $125 million to accelerate and enhance safety improvements in schools, including secure doors and windows, metal detectors, security cameras, panic buttons, and other capital improvements, as well as an additional $50 million in operating funds each year for new school safety grants, which could be used for school resource officers, counselors, and additional safety technology. The funding will be allocated through the governor’s education lockbox proposal, which provides an additional $4.4 billion in education spending from casino revenues.
The governor also announced that he will submit emergency legislation to create Maryland’s first statewide school safety standards, including required training and certification for all school resource officers and security staff. The legislation will require all school systems to conduct an annual school safety assessment and develop plans to address behavioral threats and emergency situations. The plans will be subject to approval by the Maryland State Board of Education and overseen by the Maryland Center for School Safety.
As an immediate step to activate the emergency legislation, the governor announced that he will submit a supplemental budget on Friday, March 2, that provides an additional $5 million for the Maryland Center for School Safety, an increase in funding of 600 percent. The funding will enable the center to hire analysts and social media trackers, allocate staff in more regions of the state, and assist schools with conducting the mandated safety assessments.
To prevent, prepare for, and respond to threats all across the state, Governor Hogan announced that he signed Executive Order 01.01.2018.08 directing all state agencies to develop, review, and update internal plans, policies, and procedures related to active assailant events, and to participate in a coordinated active assailant initiative that includes collaboration with public and non-governmental partners.
“The school shooting that took place this morning at Great Mills High School remains an active investigation, and Maryland State Police are on the scene assisting local and federal law enforcement. I want to express my deepest gratitude to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and all of the first responders who swiftly and bravely took action to secure the school. The First Lady and I are praying for those who were injured, their families and loved ones, and for the entire Great Mills community as they come together to heal in the wake of this horrific situation.
“But prayers are not enough. Although our pain remains fresh and the facts remain uncertain, today’s horrible events should not be an excuse to pause our conversation about school safety. Instead, it must serve as a call to action.”
EXODUS: St. Mary’s School officials evacuated nearly 1600 students from Great Mills to Leonardtown High School for reunification with parents. The bus caravan was rounded up just minutes after the fleet of school buses was through delivering students to area schools.
Interview with Sen. Ben Cardin on the scene and giving comments about the shooting of two students by another student.
From THE BAYNET, Southern Maryland’s leading news source.
“Corporal Angela Delozier embodies all the qualities of an officer we want to be assigned to our schools, interacting with our children. Her ethical standard of conduct, leadership and caring demeanor make her an influential role model and a beacon of a brighter future. Students throughout St. Mary’s County aspire to be like her and go out of their way for a “high-five”, hug or simple smile from Cpl. Delozier. Congratulations Cpl. Delozier and keep doing what you do best. It makes a difference.” (Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron)