Horrible Kentucky School Shooting: Two Students Killed and 18 Injured (Updated) + (Video)

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Two teenagers were killed and more than a dozen of students were injured after a 15-year-old teenager opened fire with a handgun in western Kentucky.

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Update (06:36 EST, Jan. 23)

  • According to the latest information, the unidentified shooter was taken into custody at the school without incident, officials said.
  • Student Alexandria Caporali said she spotted him trying to escape after he ran out of bullets. He “couldn’t do anything else,” Caporali said. “He took off running and tried to get away from the officers.”
  • The incident marked the 11th school shooting of 2018, according to The New York Times.
  • It was also the second school shooting in two days.
  • Among the victims was Daniel Austin, a 17-year-old special needs student. He was hospitalized. His parents called his cell phone incessantly until someone in the emergency room picked up and said Daniel had been shot.

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What we know about it

A 15-year-old student opened fire Tuesday morning at Marshall County High School, authorities said.

Seventeen people were injured and two of them fatally. The victims ranged from 14 to 18 years old, state police said. Fourteen were male and six were female.

A 15-year-old girl, Bailey Holt, died at the scene at Marshall County High School in the town of Benton and a 15-year-old boy, Preston Cope, died in hospital, said Kentucky’s governor.

The shooter was arrested at the scene and will be charged with murder and attempted murder, Gov. Matt Bevin said.

Marshall County Attorney Jeff Edwards said it’s likely the suspect will be charged as an adult, but his name won’t be released unless he’s indicted.

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Source: REUTERS/Harrison McClary

Terrified children ran for their lives

Scared students ran for their lives, ditching their bags and scrambling to get away from school. Several parents said their children told them the shooting started in the commons area before classes started, CNN affiliate WSMV reported.

“You could see students dropping their bags and just start running, pushing past each other,” Junior Taylor Droke told CNN affiliate WZTV. “Everyone in cars started turning around and driving away. Kids were jumping the fence around the school and running through the woods.”

Parent Misty Green said her daughter, Morgan, was in the commons area and “heard the ‘pop, pop, pop’ and initially got down, and then just realized what was going on, so they took out running out of the building as fast as they could,” CNN  reported.

“And teachers were grabbing kids up and helping them get into safe places. And helping them get outside and get to a safe location,” Green told WSMV.

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