Blaine Gaskill is a hero.
Officer Gaskill was stationed as the school resource officer at Great Mills High School in Maryland Tuesday morning when he heard reports of a shooter in the building. Gaskill engaged the shooter in under a minute, according to reports, and fired on him. The school shooter had already wounded two other students severely and may have continued his rampage were not for the actions of Officer Gaskill.
The school shooter was pronounced dead at the hospital.
According to a press conference held by St. Mary County Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron, Gaskill’s actions were swift and precise.
The sheriff said:
“When the shooting took place, our school resource officer who was stationed inside the school was alerted to the event and the shots being fired. He pursued the shooter and engaged the shooter. He fired a round at the shooter; simultaneously the shooter fired a round as well.”
A photo search of the sheriff’s Facebook page shows photos of Gaskill’s enlistment, graduation date, badge pinning and commendation for exceptional police service.
Gaskill, 34, is a well-trained WAT team officer, familiar with engaging threats with speed.
Larry Hogan, the governor of Maryland, called Gaskill a “tough guy.” “This is a tough guy who apparently closed in very quickly and took the right kind of action,” Hogan said “And I think while it’s still tragic, he may have saved other people’s lives.”
Hogan went on to say the shooting was handled “exactly the way it should have been handled.”
The sheriff further commended Gaskill’s action, saying, “It was a mass response. This is what we train for. This is what we prepare for, and this is what we pray we never have to do. On this day we realized our worst nightmare. Our children were attacked.”