On Tuesday, gunfire erupted inside Marshall County High School at around 8 a.m. Here is everything we know about the tragic situation. Keep in mind, it is a developing story.
Two 15-year-olds are dead
A 15-year old boy and a 15-year-old girl are dead, according to Kentucky State Police. Gov. Matt Bevin said that the girl died at the school while the boy died later, at a nearby hospital.
17 others are wounded
12 others have been shot. An additional five are being treated for non-gunshot injuries sustained in the incident. Police believe that everyone involved are students. Five victims had to be airlifted for swift treatment.
The suspected shooter is in custody
The shooter is reportedly a 15-year-old boy, who used a handgun. He is alive and police say he will be charged with murder and attempted murder.
“He was apprehended by the sheriff’s department here on site, at the school, thankfully before any more lives could be taken,” Kentucky State Police Lt. Michael Webb said. According to the press conference, the suspect was arrested at the school in a “non-violent” manner.
Students fled for their lives
After shots ran out, many bystanders ran for their lives. Some didn’t stop running until they reached a nearby highway, the Associated Press reports. Others ran to nearby businesses for shelter.
“They was running and crying and screaming,” Mitchell Garland told the Associated Press. He let over 50 students hide inside his business. “They was just kids running down the highway. They were trying to get out of there.”
The area has seen this kind of tragedy before
The school is just a 30-minute drive from Heath High School, home of a 1997 mass shooting which killed three and injured five. Over 20 years ago 14-year-old Michael Carneal opened fire at a prayer group in that school.