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Gun used in Maryland high school shooting was legally owned by the shooter’s father, police say

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Two teens shot by fellow student in Maryland

Authorities hail school resource officer that engaged the shooter at Great Mills High School; Griff Jenkins reports from Maryland.

The gun is used in a shooting at a Maryland high school was legally owned by the shooter’s father, authorities said Wednesday.

Austin Rollins, 17, brought the Glock 9mm pistol to Great Mills High School on Tuesday and opened fire, wounding a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said.

A school resource officer got to the scene within a minute and a shot on Rollins, but it was not immediately clear whether Rollins was killed by the director, or if he took his own life. Rollins died in the hospital hours later.

This photo of the shooter, Austin, Wyatt, Rollins, 17, was posted on his Facebook in May 2014.

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Authorities will not disclose more information about the weapon, including how Rollins was able to have access to it or where it was purchased, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Maryland law bars a person from leaving a loaded weapon somewhere that can be accessed by anyone under the age of 16 years, the newspaper reported. It is also prohibited for anyone under the age of 21 to own a gun, unless it is necessary for their work.

The police said the shooting appears to be the action of a lovesick teenager, but the authorities admitted that an accurate determination of Rollins’ motive may be impossible now that he is dead.

“All indications suggest that the shooting was not a random act of violence,” police said.

Researchers have failed to find any threatening messages or statements of Rollins, the Baltimore Sun reported.

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Researchers have failed to find any threatening messages or statements of Rollins, the Baltimore Sun reported.

The 16-year-old girl was identified as Jaelynn Wiley and is still fighting for her life at the University of Maryland, Prince George’s Hospital Center. She remained in critical condition since Wednesday, the hospital said in a statement.

The 14-year-old boy was released from the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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