Two students are dead and 19 people are injured following a mass shooting at a high school in Kentucky.
Authorities responded to the shooting at Marshall County High School in Beton, Kentucky at around 9 a.m. this morning. At first, only seven people were reported injured, but as the situation progressed, that number increased. Fourteen of the people injured were from gunshots, while the other five sustained injuries from other sources.
The students who died were both 15 years old. A girl died at the scene, while the boy died in hospital from his injuries. The condition of the other students were not known at the time of the press conference held by Governor Matt Bevin.
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
BREAKING: Kentucky State Police confirm the scene is secure & the suspect is in custody. pic.twitter.com/qk2DMDvonh— Mychaela Bruner (@MBrunerWPSD) January 23, 2018
A 15-year-old student was arrested at the scene, and will be charged with both murder and attempted murder. He walked into the school at 8:57 a.m. with a hand gun and started shooting.
The mother of one of the injured students, 17-year-old Daniel Austin, says her son has special needs and thanks the teacher and student who helped him after he was shot. She says his arm may need to be amputated, but that their quick thinking probably saved him.
"Teachers love him. Students love him. I don't think anyone can say one bad thing about him," Andrea Austin said. "And that's not because I'm his mom. Everybody loves him."
A local business owner, Mitchell Garland, provided shelter to between 50 and 100 students after the shooting began.
“They was running and crying and screaming,” said Garland. “They was just kids running down the highway. They were trying to get out of there.”
The governor called the shooting a “tremendous tragedy and speaks to the heartbreak present in our communities. It is unbelievable that this would happen in a small, close-knit community like Marshall County."
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell released a statement on the situation as well.
“My thoughts are with the students, teachers, faculty, and the entire community. Thank you to the first responders who continue to put themselves in harm’s way to protect others,” McConnell tweeted.