On Tuesday morning at 7:55 am, shots were fired at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s county, Maryland. 17 year-old, Austin Wyatt Rollins, entered the school with an illegally procured Glock semiautomatic handgun which he used to shoot one 14 year-old student and another 16 year-old student, the latter of whom is a member of the school’s swim team: Jaelynn Willey.
While the 14 year-old victim’s condition has been described as “good” by local news and authorities, Willey is currently in critical condition with life-threatening injuries at UM Prince George’s Hospital Center and the shooter has been declared deceased.
In February, the St. Mary’s Sherriff’s office was engaged in an investigation of a shooting threat at Great Mills that had been broadcasted via Snapchat. The shooting on Tuesday ironically took place 6 days after the student body’s own gun control walkout and 4 days before the nationwide March For Our Lives, a protest organized by the Parkland survivors and advocated for by dozens of celebrities. Governor Larry Hogan (R) addressed the situation offering his prayers for the families affected by the act of domestic terrorism, while reminding the American public that prayers are “not enough”; that action will continue to be quintessential in securing changes.
According to Sherriff Tim Cameron, there is an indication of a “prior relationship” between Willey and the shooter, although friends and family members of Wiley have said that they find it hard to believe that the notoriously maternal and compassionate second-of-nine children could be an intentional target of such violence. Regardless, an investigation is underway.
Jaelynn Willey is a junior at Great Mills and competes for her school as well as Great Mills Aquatic Club.
Willey’s uncle provided a family statement regarding the tragic incident, “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.” A YouCaring fundraising page has been set up on behalf of Jaelynn Willey in order to aid the family in covering her medical bills. Those looking to reach out are encouraged to make donations to the link below.
In February, one of the 17 people shot and killed at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was Nick Dworet, a member of the swim team and a commit to the University of Indianapolis.