Tragedy has struck Kentucky. A horrible shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton left fourteen wounded and two dead. The alleged shooter has been caught.
Update: Two teenagers were killed in this shooting, and the authorities now say 14 people were shot, according to NBC News. The victims – one girl (Bailey Nicole Holt), one boy (Preston Ryan Cope) – were both 15 years old. The suspect taken into custody was also a 15-year-old male student at the school. The original story has been updated with the new information.
Original: Details on this shooting are still coming to light, but here’s what’s known so far: A shooting took place at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky on Jan. 23, according to ABC News. The school is about 120 miles northwest of Nashville. Authorities say at least fourteen people were shot, with nineteen were hurt in total. The state’s governor, Matt Bevin, 51, tweeted that there was “one confirmed fatality.” Sadly, two teens would lose their lives during this horrible shooting. The wounded have been taken to a nearby hospital to receive immediate medical attention. The severity of their injuries, or the identities of anyone involved, was not made immediately available.
“The shooting occurred at Marshall County High School,” the office for Benton Mayor Rita Dotson told HollywoodLife.com in a statement. “We have 1 confirmed dead, and nothing else has been confirmed yet. The Benton PD did respond and they are on the scene. Continued prayers for the community.”
“Tragic shooting at Marshall County HS…” Gov. Bevin tweeted. “Shooter is in custody, one confirmed fatality, multiple others wounded…Much yet unknown…Please do not speculate or spread hearsay…Let’s let the first responders do their job and be grateful that they are there to do it for us…” Some of the governor’s claims were confirmed later by authorities
The “situations is secure and no longer active,” Kentucky State Police Detective Jody Cash, said during an interview on CBSN. Jody confirmed that one suspect is in custody at the campus, but could not give any details as to motive, the shooter’s identity or if the five wounded were staff at the facility. A Marshall County Schools staffer told CBS News that the school’s superintendent is expected to release a statement on the shooting.
Tragic shooting at Marshall County HS…Shooter is in custody, one confirmed fatality, multiple others wounded…Much yet unknown…Please do not speculate or spread hearsay…Let’s let the first responders do their job and be grateful that they are there to do it for us…
— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) January 23, 2018
LATEST update from @GovMattBevin on the deadly school shooting in Kentucky:
-2 are dead, 15-year-old male & female
-19 injured, 14 of them have gunshot wounds
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) January 23, 2018
Sadly, this shooting in Kentucky comes less than a day after another shooting in Texas. A 16-year-old male student shot and injured a 15-year-old girl in her high school cafeteria. She was taken to a hospital and her condition remains unknown. It’s understandably heartbreaking that yet another American high school has become a scene of gun violence, and that one person’s life was cut short.
This story is still developing…
We’ll continue to update this post with details. In the meantime, HollywoodLifers, keep Kentucky in your thoughts.