A shooting this morning at a Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland, left three injured, including the alleged shooter, according to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. The St. Mary’s County school was on lockdown and students are being evacuated, soon to be reunited with their parents.
There has been an incident at Great Mills High School. Parents please DO NOT respond to the school. Report to Leonardtown High School
— St. Mary's Sheriff (@firstsheriff) March 20, 2018
Students are being evacuated from GMHS and being bused to the reunification center at the Leonardtown HS campus. The building is orderly and the Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation. We will continue to update as more information becomes available.
— SMCPS_MD (@SMCPS_MD) March 20, 2018
A hero has emerged in the wake of the incident. The school’s resource officer, Deputy Blaine Gaskill, is reportedly being hailed “a true hero” for “saving the lives of the students in the school.” Tweets are emerging crediting Gaskill, the SRO listed on the school’s website, for confronting the gunman and ending the shooting.
Blaine Gaskill, the Great Mills High School’s SRO, is a true hero. Thank you for saving the lives of the students in the school.
— Collin J. Foster
A Maryland official announced that the school resource officer who was stationed inside the school “pursued the shooter, engaged the shooter.” It was during that engagement that the SRO “fired a round at the shooter.” At the same time, “the shooter fired a round as well.” Gaskill is listed as the Great Mills High School resource officer on their website, although his identity as the hero has not been confirmed by the sheriff.
“Our school resource officer who was stationed inside the school was alerted…he pursued the shooter, engaged the shooter, during which that engagement he fired a round at the shooter. Simultaneously, the shooter fired a round as well,” official says of Maryland school shooting pic.twitter.com/5nlwZovPkH
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 20, 2018
Multiple reports are stating the alleged shooter is now confirmed dead.
#greatmillshighschool website lists Deputy Blaine Gaskill as the HS SRO – being hailed a #Hero online. @firstsheriff did not yet confirm SRO identity but confirm the SRO engaged the shooter. Shooter confirmed dead.
— Stephanie Ramirez (@RamirezReports) March 20, 2018
What we know right now:
3 people injured in shooting at Great Mills High School in Southern Md, including shooter.
Sounds like SRO confronted gunman, ending shooting.@ABC7Brad on scene leading coverage – @ABC7News has several more crews swarming the area to get very latest.
— Brian Sasser (@ProducerSass) March 20, 2018
#BREAKING confirmed with sources at #greatmillsshooting : 3 students injured. 1 is the shooter. A school resource officer was on duty and took action to end threat. No final word on conditions.
— Brad Bell (@ABC7Brad) March 20, 2018
Sheriff Tim Cameron tells @nbcwashington on MD high school shooting:
-School Resource Officer engaged and stopped the shooter – fired a round
-SRO was inside the school the at the time of the shooting
-School Resource Officer is not injured
-1600 students attend Great Mills HS
— J e n n y (@JennVasquez_DC) March 20, 2018
Armed SRO saved Great Mills High School in Maryland. Officials say the incident is contained. https://t.co/YPo917ffR3
— MacedonianCovfefe (@CJCovfefe) March 20, 2018