Two students were killed and seventeen injured in the shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, a small city in western Kentucky. The Kentucky Board of Education confirmed that the victims were high school students. A 15 year-old-girl died at the scene and a boy, of the same age, died later at the hospital because he was shot in the head. Five of the wounded students were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
The 15-year-old gunman who opened fire around 8 a.m on Tuesday morning, is a male who attends the same high school. He was identified and arrested by a Marshall County sheriff’s deputy and is currently held at Kentucky State Police Station. The investigation is ongoing and the Police intend to provide more details in the nearest future.
The school was locked down. All other students were sent to North Marshall Middle School by bus, where they were picked up by their families.
The witnesses describe the scene as chaotic. “When you walk in, the backpacks laying around, the phones laying around, going off … it’s just indescribable, “ said Marshall County Attorney Jeffrey Edwards. “I have been doing this for 25 years. It’s not like anything I’ve experienced in my entire life,” he added.
The shooting took place in the hall of the school before the classes started. According to Edwards, the gunman didn’t seem to target any specific people but opened the fire at random students passing by.
Marshall County High School is located approximately 120 miles northwest of Nashville, Tennessee. The school enrolls around 1,380 students in grades 9 to 12.
This is the second violent mass shooting that occurred in US Schools in the last 2 days. Another boy, 16, shot a 15-year-old-girl at Italy High School in Italy, Texas on Monday.