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Gunman in custody after 2 students killed, 18 injured in Kentucky high school shooting

Emergency crews respond to Marshall County High School after a fatal school shooting Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Benton, Ky. Authorities said a shooting suspect was in custody. (Ryan Hermens/The Paducah Sun via AP)

Latest from the scene of school shooting at Marshall County High School in Kentucky in which two people have died and several others were injured:

UPDATE: (1/24/18)

Kentucky State Police are now saying 2 people were killed and 18 were injured in a shooting at Marshall County High School.

Police released updated numbers Wednesday night. They said a total of 20 people were affected in the shooting:

  • 16 students injured from gunshot wounds
  • 2 of those gunshot victims are dead
  • 4 students sustained various other injuries
  • 14 males
  • 6 females
  • Ages from 14 to 18

Earlier, officials had said 17 people were injured and two were killed.

UPDATE: ( 6 p.m.)

The Kentucky State Police identified two students killed in a deadly school shooting in Marshall County on Tuesday morning.

KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders said Bailey Nicole Holt, 15, and Preston Ryan Cope, 15, were killed when a 15-year-old male student opened fire at Marshall County High School just before 8 a.m.

KSP said the shooter was apprehended at the scene and is being charged with two counts of murder and multiple counts of attempted murder.

UPDATE (4:15 p.m.):

Two 15-year-old students were killed, and 17 others were injured when a gunman opened fire at a rural Kentucky high school on Tuesday morning.

Kentucky State Police said a female and male student both died after the Tuesday morning shooting at Marshall High School in Benton, Kentucky.

The accused shooter, a 15-year-old male student, was apprehended by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. He’s in custody right now and will be charged with murder and attempted murder.

Fourteen of the 17 people injured suffered gunshot wounds, police said in a news conference. The other five people received non-gunshot wounds. Six people were flown to Level 1 hospitals.

The Special Olympics of Kentucky identified Daniel Austin as one of the students injured in the shooting. In a post on their Facebook page, the SOKY said Daniel is with his family, and they're wishing him a speedy recovery.

Five people are being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A news conference was scheduled for 6 p.m. CST.

This is the nation's first deadly school shooting of 2018.

First responders' scanner traffic details the moments after the shooting and apprehension of the suspect.


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Watch the full news conference below:

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UPDATE (12:35 p.m):

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said two students were killed and another 19 students were injured when a gunman opened fire at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky.

Another 19 students were injured. Fourteen students suffered gunshot wounds and five students suffered other wounds.

The suspect is a 15-year-old male student who will be charged with murder and attempted murder, KSP said.

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UPDATE (10:45 a.m.):

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the deadly shooting at Marshall County High School in Kentucky, the White House confirms.

One person is dead and at least seven others were injured after a gunman opened fire at the school Tuesday morning. The suspect is in custody. KSP said the gunman was apprehended by a Marshall County sheriff's deputy.

The Board of Education is slated to hold a news conference at noon CST. Click here to watch live.

Five victims of the shooting are being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.


Marshall County High School is about 30 minutes from Heath High School in Paducah, Kentucky, where a 1997 mass shooting killed three and injured five. Michael Carneal, then 14, opened fire there about two years before the fatal attack at Columbine High School in Colorado, ushering in an era when mass school shootings have become much more common.

This was the year's first fatal school shooting, 23 days in to 2018, according to data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive, which relies on media reports and other information.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., also tweeted his condolences, writing, "Deeply saddened by the tragic news out of Benton, KY this morning and closely monitoring the situation. We mourn the lost and are praying for those who were injured, as well as their families, friends, and the heroic first responders."

Students have been evacuated and parents have been able to pick them up at North Marshall Middle School.

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UPDATE (10:30 a.m.):

Nearly 100 kids ran out of Marshall County High School seeking safety, Mitchell Garland told The Associated Press, who rushed outside of his business when he heard about the shooting.

"They was running and crying and screaming," he said. "They was just kids running down the highway. They were trying to get out of there."

Garland said he made sure the students were safe. He said his own son, a 16-year-old sophomore, jumped into someone's car and sped away, then made his way to his dad's office.

"Everyone is just scared. Just terrified for their kids," Garland said. "We're a small town and we know a lot of the kids."

Meanwhile, Leisa Wlliams responded to the news on Twitter, saying, "Prayers for the victims and families at #MCHS- I graduated from Marshal County High School in Western Kentucky- small town USA once again hit by senseless violence."

The AP contributed to this report.

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UPDATE (9:25 a.m.): Vanderbilt Pediatrics Hospital in Nashville will be treating some of the victims of the school shooting in Marshall County, Kentucky, per CNN.

Three victims are en route to the hospital. Spokeswoman Tavia Smith says the students are being transported by medical helicopter to the facility.

Kentucky State Police said one student was killed and multiple others are injured after a gunman opened fire inside the school.

The suspect was taken into custody by a Marshall County Sheriff's office, KSP said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted, "Closely tracking reports of the tragedy in Benton, #Kentucky at Marshall County High School and my thoughts are with the students, teachers, faculty, and the entire community. Thank you to the first responders who continue to put themselves in harm's way to protect others."

Gov. Matt Bevin called the shooting tragic and urged the public not to spread hearsay about the shooting.

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UPDATE: Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has confirmed that one person has died in a shooting at Marshall County High School.

Bevin said that the suspected shooter is in custody. Multiple others have also reportedly been wounded.

Kentucky State Police are among the agencies investigating and have also confirmed one victim is dead.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Louisville office reports it is aware of the situation and working with local agencies.

"FBI Louisville is aware of a school shooting at Marshall County High School with multiple victims. We are currently working with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners."

On Twitter, Bevin stated:

"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..." Bevin wrote on Twitter.

Benton Elementary School said all students and staff at the school are safe.

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BENTON, Ky. (WZTV) - A school shooting has been reported by local media and on social media at Marshall County High School in Kentucky.

According to the Marshall County Tribune-Courier, there have been several reports of shots fired at the school.

FOX 17 News spoke with Kentucky State Police who confirm there was "an incident" that is no longer active. The Marshall County Sheriff's Department said there are multiple reported injuries.

FOX 17 News spoke with a business across the street that confirmed there were multiple agencies outside of the high school.

On social media, multiple students have posted concerns stating there was a shooting.

FOX 17 News has a crew headed to the scene and will provide updates.

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