2 Teens Dead, 12 Others Wounded at Kentucky School

Alleged shooter is a 15-year-old boy
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2018 11:22 AM CST
Updated Jan 23, 2018 3:30 PM CST

(Newser) – Another school shooting is in the news, this time in western Kentucky. Two 15-year-olds, a boy and a girl, were fatally shot Tuesday morning at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. Twelve others were injured by gunfire, and another five were otherwise injured in the chaos that ensued, says Gov. Matt Bevin. The alleged shooter is in custody and has been identified only as a 15-year-old classmate of the victims. More details on what is and isn't known:

  • The shooting: Police say the shooter entered the school just before 8am and opened fire with a handgun. First responders got to the school in about nine minutes, and a deputy arrested the suspect. "He was apprehended non-violently at the scene," says Lt. Michael Webb of the State Police, per NBC News. "There is no way to tell how far it would have gone." A school law enforcement or resource officer was at the school when the shooting occurred, per Kentucky.com.
  • The motive: Police have not speculated on one. The suspect, who is expected to be charged with murder and attempted murder, was pictured being led away in handcuffs.

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