The 17-year-old Maryland high school student who fatally shot his ex-girlfriend earlier this month died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and not from the bullet of a school resource officer, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday.
Police say Austin Wyatt Rollins fired a single shot in a school hallway that struck Jaelynn Willey in the head at around 7:57 a.m. on March 20. The same shot also struck another student, 14-year-old Desmond Barnes, in the leg, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Three minutes later, Rollins was confronted by the school resource officer Deputy Blaine Gaskill in another hallway.
Authorities said Rollins shot himself in the head and at the same time, Gaskill fired a shot that struck the gun the suspect’s hand.
The resource officer was not injured in the shooting.
Willey died after being taken off life support on Thursday, two days after the shooting. The injured boy was discharged from a hospital a day after the shooting.
The shooting at the Maryland high school came about a month after a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., left 17 people dead.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) had touted the school resource officer as a hero in a recent campaign taunting the survivors of the Parkland, FL, school shooting who have been speaking out against gun violence.
NRATV host Colion Noir told the students that he wished an armed officer had been there to stop the attack because then “no one would know your names.”
“To all the kids from Parkland getting ready to use your First Amendment to attack everyone else’s Second Amendment at your march on Saturday, I wish a hero like [Great Mills High School resource officer] Blaine [Gaskill] had been at Marjory Douglas High School last month, because your classmates would still be alive, and no one would know your names. Because the media would have completely and utterly ignored your story the way they ignored his,” he said during the March 22 episode.