UPDATE: Kentucky School Shooting Leaves At Least Two Dead And 19 Others Injured


KENTUCKY- At least two people killed and 19 others were treated for injuries when a student opened fire at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky., officials said.

The 19 people treated for injuries were all believed to be students. 14 of the students were injured due to gunshot wounds. The other five students were treated for non-gunshot wound injuries, Fox News reports.


Mitch Garland told The Associated Press he saw 100 children running out of the school seeking safety.

“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.”

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The school was reportedly on lockdown as law enforcement officials continued work at the scene. The Marshall County Tribune-Courier reported two helicopters landed at the school to treat and transport the injured.



“Parents are being asked not to try and pick up students from Marshall County High School,” the newspaper stated. “We have been told there have been arguments between law enforcement and parents trying to get inside. The school remains on lockdown and no one is being allowed inside either entrance. Two Air Evac helicopters have landed in the past few minutes.”

“Students at Marshall County High School are being bused to North Marshall Middle School. Parents may pick up students there. The shooter is in custody and Kentucky State Police have confirmed one dead. Parents are being asked not to contact the school for information. The phone lines need to remain open so that school officials can access lines.”

A Benton Elementary Schools spokesperson told FOX17 Nashville that all students and staff were safe.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said the shooter will be charged with murder and attempted murder.

The governor tweeted earlier:

“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…”

Rep. James Comer, who represents Kentucky’s 1st congressional district, tweeted:

“My thoughts & prayers go out to the students & faculty at Marshall County High School where there has been a tragic school shooting.”

Kentucky Sen. 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,” McConnell tweeted. “Thank you to the first responders who continue to put themselves in harm’s way to protect others.”


Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved in this tragedy.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

H/T  Fox News



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