In the deadly school shooting at a Maryland high school Tuesday, two students were shot by the gunman, a 14-year-old male student and a 16-year-old female student.
The male student was reported to be in good condition, but the female student, identified as Jaelynn Willey was critically wounded and is fighting for her life in the hospital, according to reports.
The two students were shot by 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins, who opened fire in the school hallway just before classes started Tuesday morning.
A school resource officer quickly responded, exchanging gunfire with Rollins, who was shot and later pronounced dead at a hospital.
The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday: Michael Schwartzberg, a spokesman for the University of Maryland Medical System, confirmed Willey was in critical condition at the UM Prince George’s Hospital Center late Tuesday.
Sheriff Tim Cameron said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon there is an “indication that a prior relationship existed between the shooter and the female victim.” Officers are working to determine if that was part of the motive.
A YouCaring page set up to help the Willey family had raised more than $42,000 by 10:30 Wednesday morning.
Willey is the second-oldest of nine children, and serves as a role model to her siblings.
She “selflessly helps take care of her brothers and sisters each and every day, whether at home, or at the beach, one of her favorite places to be,” the family wrote.
The 16-year-old is also a “dedicated student” and a member of the school’s swim team.
“Jaelynn is an amazing young lady, whose peaceful presence and love of her fellow students and family is known throughout her Maryland-based school,” the family said.
16-year-old Jaelynn Willey, a dedicated student, beach-lover and swim team member, remains in the ICU with critical injuries after Maryland school shooting https://t.co/wUBDBq1h8v
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