Kirsters Baish| In the aftermath of the school shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, there has been a sense of hysteria in our country. Then, on Tuesday a would-be murderer was taken down by a school security officer at a school in southeast Maryland. The school resource officer hero has now been identified by local officials. Parents around the country are thanking him for his heroic actions which saved the lives of students and faculty inside the school.
The Washington Post reported that police have officially named the school resource officer who confronted the suspect as Blaine Gaskill. The 34-year-old St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Deputy fired at least one shot at the unnamed attacker. He stopped the would-be killer from attacking innocent students and faculty.
Law enforcement has since confirmed that Gaskill and the shooter did indeed exchange fire. They have stated that it could take days to figure out whether or not the guard’s bullet was the one that killed the would-be killer.
The Post reported, “Officials didn’t confirm whether Gaskill hit the attacker, who was pronounced dead at and has not been identified, or whether he took his own life. St. Mary’s County Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said there was ‘no question’ that Gaskill’s quick arrival at the scene and immediate engagement with the shooter prevented more injuries.”
Two students, a 16 year old female and a 14 year old male, were injured during the attack. There is no known motive at this time.