Student injured in school shooting released from hospital

A 14-year-old student injured during a shooting at a high school in southern Maryland was released from the hospital Wednesday.

Desmond Barnes was shot in the thigh only a few minutes before his classes at Great Mills High School were set to begin on Tuesday. He was treated at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital and released the following morning, The Baltimore Sun reported.

“Desmond is an amazing child. He is an exceptionally bright young male with an extremely bright future ahead of him,” reads a page dedicated to raising funds for his medical expenses.

Photo: YouCaring

“He is constantly winning awards and receiving recognition in various areas of study, making his parents, siblings and his entire family proud.”

Jaelynn Willey was also injured after 17-year-old Austin Rollins opened fire in the halls of the St. Mary’s County school, authorities said. She remained in critical condition Wednesday.

Family of the 16-year-old student said they were “devastated to learn” their loved one was a victim in the deadly attack on Great Mills High.

“Jaelynn is an amazing young lady, whose peaceful presence and love of her fellow students and family is known throughout her Maryland-based school,” family said in a statement shared on their YouCaring fund-raising page.

The suspected gunman died at a hospital shortly after a confrontation with the school’s resource officer, Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill. St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron told the Sun Gaskill was quick to approach the shooter, each of them discharging their firearms “almost simultaneously.”

Investigators are still working to determine whose bullets struck which individuals.