Kentucky school shooting: 2 dead, 17 others injured at Marshall County High School
By Express News Desk|Updated Jan 23, 2018
BENTON, Ky.– A 15-year-old boy shot 14 people Tuesday morning at southwestern Kentucky high school, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin stated. A 15-year-old young boy and a 15-year-old girl died.
5 others suffered non-gunshot injuries, the guv stated. The suspect in the event at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, has actually been apprehended, inning accordance with officials with Marshall County Emergency Situation Management. It was the country’s very first deadly school shooting of 2018.
Police were seen leading a teen away in handcuffs. The shooter will be charged with murder and attempted murder, Kentucky State Authorities Lt. Michael Webb stated.
” He was nabbed by the sheriff’s department here on site, at the school, thankfully before any more lives might be taken,” Webb stated.
Authorities did not release any identities, nor did they explain a motive. Webb said investigators are looking into his home and background.
Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders stated during an interview Tuesday afternoon that the suspect, a student, entered the school at 7:57 a.m. and quickly opened fire with a pistol. Sanders said the very first 911 call came in two minutes later, and cops were on scene by 8:06 a.m. A police tells CBS News’ senior investigative producer Pat Milton that the shooting suspect got in the school and appeared to shoot randomly. Investigators have not developed a motive at this time, Milton reports.
A Marshall County deputy apprehended the shooter. One of the two deceased victims, the 15-year-old girl, passed away at the scene, Bevin said throughout the press conference.
The young boy died of a “non-survivable gunshot wound to the brain,” injury medical professionals there stated. The others who were air-lifted to Vanderbilt, all males in between the ages of 15 and 18, are anticipated to endure and doing “quite well,” trauma surgeon Oscar Guillamondegui told reporters.
2 of the wounded had actually gunshot wounds to the head, one had an arm injury and another had an injury to the chest and abdominal area, Guillamondegui said.
Bevin admired the officers who hurried to the scene, stating they prevented the shooter from eliminating more individuals.
“( They) made sure that this was not a more unpleasant occurrence than exactly what has occurred,” Bevin stated.
The shooting occurred as students collected in a common location, just prior to the day’s very first classes. Sixteen-year-old Lexie Waymon said she and a friend were speaking about the next basketball video game, makeup and eyelashes when gunshots pierced the air.
I got up and I attempted to run, but I fell. It was so close to me,” Waymon stated. “I simply heard it and then I just, everything was black for a good minute.
Waymon did not stop running, not even when she called her mom to inform her what took place. I can not believe this is taking place,'” she stated.
Nearly 100 kids lacked Marshall County High School seeking security, said Mitchell Garland, who hurried beyond his service when he found out about the shooting.
” They was running and weeping and shrieking,” Garland told The Associated Press. “They was just kids running down the highway. They were trying to get out of there.”
A half-dozen ambulances and numerous authorities cars assembled on the school. Federal authorities also responded, and Bevin ran out of the Capitol to hurry to the school.
The Marshall County Tribune-Courier reports students were being bused late Tuesday morning to nearby North Marshall Middle School, where moms and dads could choose them up.
Marshall County High School has to do with Thirty Minutes from Heath High School in Paducah, Kentucky, where a 1997 mass shooting killed 3 and injured 5. Michael Carneal, then 14, opened fire there about 2 years prior to the deadly attack at Columbine High School in Colorado, ushering in an age when mass school shootings have become a lot more common.
Meanwhile, in the small North Texas town of Italy, a 15-year-old lady was recuperating Tuesday after police said she was shot by a 16-year-old schoolmate in her high school snack bar on Monday, sending dozens of trainees scrambling for security.
The scene of Tuesday’s shooting was chaotic, with trainees and parents rushing around trying to find each other, said Dusty Kornbacher, who owns a nearby flower shop.
” All the parking lots were complete with parents and kids hugging each other and weeping and no one truly understanding exactly what was going on,” Kornbacher said.
Barry Mann said his 14-year-old kid was placed on a bus and taken to another school for him to get.
” He provided me a call as soon as he run out the door and I didn’t understand exactly what was occurring to him,” he informed the AP. “It sounded like his heart remained in his throat.”
Garland stated his son, a 16-year-old sophomore, leapt into someone’s vehicle and sped away before reaching his workplace.
” Everyone is just scared. Simply horrified for their kids,” Garland said. “We’re a village and we understand a great deal of the kids.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.