Maryland high school shooting: ‘I was just shot in my school,’ Great Mills student says on 911 call
The Baltimore Sun|
Mar 27, 2018 | 10:50 AM
Great Mills High School student Desmond Barnes, 14, and a teacher communicate with a 911 operator after a shooting at the school.
A teenage boy shot at Great Mills High School last week called 911 himself, according to emergency recordings released by St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.
Desmond Barnes, 14, survived the shooting after being shot in the leg. Jaelynn Willey, 16, died Thursday night after being shot in the head in the March 20 incident. Austin Rollins, the 17-year-old who fired his father’s Glock 9-millimeter pistol inside the school, died after shooting himself in the head, officials said Monday.
The sheriff’s office released 911 audio tapes related to the incident, calls that were made beginning at 7:58 a.m. The tapes include a call to dispatchers from Barnes, who had taken shelter in a classroom after being struck in the leg.
“I was just shot in my school,” Barnes tells the 911 dispatcher during a nearly 15-minute recording. “I was just shot at my school.”
A woman takes over the 911 call, telling the dispatcher she has Barnes lying down. She tells the dispatcher that she’s afraid to transport the boy to a safer place, but that he is in pain.
“You’ll be OK, you’ll be OK,” the woman whispers gently.
The dispatcher tells Barnes to stay calm, and that help is on the way. “Stay strong with me, buddy,” he urges.
“Yes, sir,” the 14-year-old responds.
Audio from another 911 call is from a woman who tells a dispatcher she is hiding behind her desk in a classroom in the art hallway, near the site of the shooting. Eleven other students are with her, she says.
After firing the handgun, Rollins kept walking through the school, where he was confronted by school resource officer Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill just after 8 a.m. Their weapons went off simultaneously 31 seconds later, with Rollins shooting himself in the head and Gaskill shooting Rollins in the hand, officials said.