BENTON, Ky. — A 15-year-old student opened fire Tuesday at a high school in rural Kentucky, killing two people and wounding a dozen more, authorities said.
Gov. Matt Bevin said five others suffered non-shooting injuries in the rampage and chaos that followed at Marshall County High School in Benton. Authorities believe all the victims were students, Bevin said.
He said the suspect would be charged with murder and attempted murder.
"This is a wound that will take a long time to heal," Bevin said. "For some in this community it will never heal."
Police identified the two students who died as Bailey Holt, 15, who was pronounced dead at the school, and Preston Cope, also 15, who was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where he died.
The shooting took place in a common area of the school at 7:57 a.m. local time, before classes started, authorities said. The 911 call came in two minutes later. First responders reached the scene at 8:06 a.m., and the shooter was taken into custody "in a non-violent apprehension," Bevin said.
Marshall County Attorney Jeff Edwards said it did not appear the gunman targeted specific people. He called the scene "indescribable."
"To walk in, the backpacks laying around. The phones laying around, going off ... it's indescribable," Edwards said. "I've been doing this for 25 years. It's not like anything I've experienced in my life."Read More...
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