Maryland high school shooting victim to be taken off life support

A 16-year-old girl who was critically wounded this week when she was shot by a fellow student at her high school in Maryland is to be taken off life support.

Melissa Willey said she had made the decision because her daughter, Jaelynn Willey, was brain dead.

"She will not make it. We will be taking her off life support this evening. She is brain dead and has nothing, no life left in her," Willey told reporters on Thursday. 

Austin Rollins, a 17-year-old student at Great Mills High School, is suspected of bringing a handgun to the campus on Tuesday and shooting Willey in a hallway, according to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office.

Rollins had been in a relationship with Willey that recently ended, the sheriff's office said. 

School resource officer Blaine Gaskill confronted Rollins and fired a shot at him as Rollins simultaneously fired a shot, according to police. 

Rollins died hours later in hopspital, while the officer was not harmed.

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By: Euronews (64953.30)

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