Witness says officer ordered shooter to drop gun

GREAT MILLS, Md. (AP) — A student witness of the school shooting in southern Maryland says a police officer tried to order a student with a gun to his head to disarm before two shots were fired.

Great Mills High School student Isiah Tichenor told The Washington Post he saw a fellow student hold a gun to his head Tuesday and heard a police officer shout an order to put the gun down.

“We know you don’t want to hurt anyone,” Tichenor said he heard the officer say before two shots were fired.

The shooter was identified as 17-year-old Austin Rollins, who died Tuesday. It wasn’t clear whether he shot himself or was shot by the school resource officer, St. Mary’s County Deputy Blaine Gaskill, who responded.

A 16-year-old girl, who authorities said had some type of relationship with the shooter, was critically wounded. A 14-year-old boy was also wounded.