A student who shot and critically wounded two fellow students at a Maryland high school has died after exchanging gunfire with a campus security officer, the county sheriff says.
A teenager wounded a girl and a boy inside his Maryland high school on Tuesday before an armed school resource officer was able to intervene, and each of them fired one more round as the shooter was fatally wounded, a sheriff said.
The officer and the student both fired a single shot at that point, and it wasn't immediately clear whether he took his own life or was killed by the officer's bullet, St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron said.
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Cameron said investigators would determine whether the shooter died of a wound from the school resource officer's gun or in some other way.
Students were evacuated to a nearby high school Mollie Davis, who identified herself on Twitter as a student at Great Mills, posted a series of tweets about the shooting.
In the Parkland shooting, school resource deputy Scot Peterson never entered the building after taking a position outside.
The officer was not harmed, Cameron said.
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The state's Republican governor, Larry Hogan, said his thoughts and prayers were with the victims but added, "We need more than prayers".
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Hogan went on to say the shooting was handled "exactly the way it should have been handled".
The school's principal, Jake Heibel, said that in February there was a report of two students in a hallway talking about "shooting" and "school", and that information about a "potential threat at school" was also "circulated" on social media.
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He had scathing criticism for the state legislature, saying that an emergency bill written after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting was "one of the most aggressive school safety plans in America ... and the legislature has failed to take action".
Numerous students held signs reading "Never again" and "End gun violence". The accused gunman, a 19-year-old former student expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons last year, was arrested and charged with 17 counts of murder.
"I can tell you that Americans are listening to our students", he said. "Life is all about choices and every choice has a outcome whether it be positive or negative", said Superintendent Curtis Rhodes of Texas' Needville Independent School District. Police said they obtained a search warrant that led to them finding semi-automatic rifles, handguns and other weapons, along with ammunition.
"No question that his actions, his quick and immediate actions, potentially saved a great number of lives", Cameron said of Gaskill.
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