Great Mills, MD: School resource officer is being credited for stopping a teenage gunman who shot 2 students inside Great Mills High School.
A school resource officer is being credited by authorities for stopping a teenage gunman who shot 2 students in a shooting at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland occurred at 7:55am ET on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018.
According to the St. Mary’s County Maryland Sheriff’s Office Tim Cameron, a male student entered Great Mills High School at the beginning of the school day and used a semi-automatic handgun to shoot a female student in the school hallway and a male student in the leg.
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A school resource officer confronted the teenage gunman and each fired a round.
The school resource officer was not hurt in the shooting, but the teenage gunman was killed.
The identity and picture of the school resource officer (Pictured Above) was confirmed and released by the St. Mary’s County Maryland Sheriff’s Office as Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill, a former SWAT team member.
“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. He pursued the shooter and engaged the shooter, during which that engagement he fired a round at the shooter,” said St. Mary’s County Maryland Sheriff’s Office Tim Cameron.
State and local officials praised the actions of the school resource officer for taking down the teenage gunman.
“He responded exactly as we train our personnel to respond,” said St. Mary’s County Maryland Sheriff’s Office Tim Cameron.
The latest school shooting comes over a month after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that took the lives of 17 people on Wednesday, February 17th, 2018.
** Picture Above from the St. Mary’s County Maryland Sheriff’s Office: **