Two Students Dead More Than a Dozen More Injured in Kentucky High School Shooting

Two Students Dead, More Than a Dozen More Injured in Kentucky High School Shooting

Two students were killed and 14 others were shot at Marshall County High School.

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin confirmed two fatalities and 14 gunshot victims in the shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky during a press conference yesterday afternoon.

Kentucky State Police said that at 7:57 a.m., a 15-year-old male shooter entered the school through its front entrance to a commons area where he immediately started shooting a handgun. The first call to 911 came in at 7:59 a.m. and police arrived at the scene at 8:06 a.m. The shooter was apprehended at the scene in a non-violent manner, according to police.

Kentucky State Police did mention that there was a Student Resource Officer on the campus, but did not say if that SRO came into contact with the shooter.

Of those 16 who were shot, one 15-year-old female student died at the scene and six others were flown to the nearest level one trauma center. At the hospital another 15-year-old male student succumbed to his wounds. The remaining wounded were taken to the nearest hospital.

Four other students were injured during the incident, but did not have gunshot wounds.

The status of the injured students are not known.

The FBI, ATF and a number of local police departments and sheriff's offices have responded to the incident, according to police. The FBI will help police process the crime scene on campus.

KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders applauded the response of police and students, saying the students knew exactly what to do as a result of their active shooter training.

"This was a disrupted incident," Sanders said. "There's no telling what damage could've been done had we not intervened."

The original story posted online at Campus Security & Life Safety.

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Sydny Shepard is the Executive Editor of Campus Security & Life Safety.


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