Girl, 16, Shot at Maryland High School Taken off Life Support

March 20, 2018
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By Erin Thibeau and Eyasu Delesa

The 16-year-old girl who was shot at Great Mills High School in southeast Maryland was taken off life support on Thursday, March 22, and pronounced dead shortly later, her family confirmed. "My daughter was hurt by a boy who shot her in the head...and took everything from our lives," Willey's mother said at a news conference

Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, shot Jaelynn Willey in the hallway at 7:57 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20. She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. That bullet also grazed the leg of a 14-year-old male student, Desmond Barnes, who has since recovered. 

A school resource officer exchanged fire with the shooter but was unhurt. Rollins was later pronounced dead. The Baltimore Sun later reported that Rollins died from shooting himself in the head. 

Authorities said Willey and Rollins were in a relationship that had recently ended.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan released a statement immediately following the shooting.

According to the school's website, Great Mills High School will be closed until Monday, April 2.

Great Mills is located in southern Maryland, about 60 miles southeast of D.C.