Shooting at Marshall County High School
Kentucky State Police say at 7:57 a.m. Tuesday, a 15-year-old male student entered the school with a handgun and opened fire among his classmates.
Troopers say 15-year-old Bailey Holt and 15-year-old Preston Cope died. 20 other people were injured. Of those, 16 suffered from gunshot wounds.
The suspect was later arrested.
UPDATE: Kentucky State Police plan to hold a news conference at 1pm at the Marshall County Board of Education. We will have crews there and will provide it live on air along with our Facebook Fan Page and www.wpsdlocal6.com
UPDATE: State Police now say 20 people were injured in the shooting at Marshall County High School. Of those, 16 were shot. Two of the 16 shot died from their injuries.
KSP included more information about the victims and their injuries. To see those details, click here.
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UPDATE: Kentucky State Police report Bailey Nicole Holt & Preston Ryan Cope are the two students who died in the Marshall County High School shooting.
UPDATE: A family member on Tuesday confirmed to Local 6 the name of one of the students who was shot at Marshall County High School.
Daniel Austin was listening to music and giving hugs and high fives to his classmates at the high school when he was shot, his brother Shane Austin tells Local 6. Shane says his younger brother Daniel is a special needs student at the high school. Daniel has a form of autism.
Shane was not at the high school when the shooting happened, but he told Local 6’s Amanda Roberts he is thankful people were there watching over his younger brother.
UPDATE: Lourdes in Paducah says all students hurt in the Marshall County High School shooting who were being treated at the hospital have been released.
Initially, five students were sent to Lourdes. Two of those students were airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The three students who remained at Lourdes have since been treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman says.
Lourdes released the following statement about the shooting: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty and families of this tragedy today in Marshall County.”
We have also obtained some of the recorded conversation between dispatch and first responders.
UPDATE: Doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, say the hospital’s trauma center received five patents from the shooting at Marshall County High School. They were all boys from ages 15 to 18. One of the teens died.
Dr. Oscar Guillamondegui, who was the trauma team leader for the victims, said a teen who was shot in the head passed away from his injuries. He was one of three teens who suffered gunshot wounds.
One teen had a gunshot injury to the arm, and another teen was shot in the abdomen and chest. Guillamondegui said he beleives those two boys and the two other Marshall students whose injuries are not gunshots will all survive their injuries. To watch the news conference in full, click here.
Back in Marshall County, Kentucky, state police say anyone who has a vehicle parked on Marshall County High School property can pick them up at 4 p.m. Tuesday. You must got to the U.S. 68 entrance to pick up your car. If your keys are in the school, you will not be allowed in any campus buildings to get them. You will need to bring a second set from home.
UPDATE: We now know two teenagers have died from the shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin spoke at a news conference and said 19 people total are or have been treated for wounds from the shooting. Of that, 14 had gun shot wounds and 5 others were hurt, but not shot.
Bevin said of the 14 shot, a 15-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy have died from their wounds. He added the suspected shooter was a 15-year-old student.
Bevin said while troopers are investigating, they believe everyone shot was a student.
MARSHALL COUNTY, KY — There has been a shooting at Marshall County High School.
Kentucky State Police say the scene is secure and the suspect is in custody.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin says on Twitter that one person has been confirmed dead and multiple others have been wounded. Kentucky State Police have also confirmed that information.
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…
— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) January 23, 2018
Bevin is on his way to Marshall County. WLEX said he left from the Capitol.
Lourdes Emergency Department received five students. Three are still being treated, two have been transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by helicopter.
Students are being bused to North Marshall Middle School where parents can pick their kids up. Parents are asked to not call the school.
The school district says at this time the other schools will remain in session for the rest of the day. Parents who feel the need to check their child out may do so.
The American Red Cross in on the ground providing support. Right now they are providing canteen services and will be supporting a Family Assistance Center.
We will be updating this story.