FoxNews.com - (1/23/18)
At least two people were killed and 19 others were injured when a student opened fire at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky., officials said.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said the shooter, a 15-year-old male student, was in custody. Bevin said the alleged gunman will be charged with murder and attempted murder. The shooting began around 8 a.m. when the suspect entered the school with a handgun, authorities said.
The 19 people treated for injuries were all believed to be students, including 14 of whom were treated due to gunshot wounds. Five others were treated for non-gunshot wound injuries.
The two people killed included a 15-year-old female student and a 15-year-old male student.
Bevin said the alleged shooter was apprehended by police in a nonviolent way. He said the incident was an ongoing investigation.
Mitch Garland told The Associated Press he saw 100 children running out of the school seeking safety after the shots started going off.
"They was running and crying and screaming," he said. "They was just kids running down the highway. They were trying to get out of there."
Rep. James Comer, who represents Kentucky's 1st congressional district, tweeted the first official indication there had been an incident at the school: "My thoughts & prayers go out to the students & faculty at Marshall County High School where there has been a tragic school shooting."
State Rep. Will Coursey, who said he was an alumnus of the high school, tweeted his thoughts to those affected by the school shooting.
Sixteen-year-old Lexie Waymon said she and a friend were talking about the next basketball game, makeup and eyelashes when gunshots pierced the air.
“I blacked out. I couldn’t move. I got up and I tried to run, but I fell. I heard someone hit the ground. It was so close to me,” Waymon said. “I just heard it and then I just, everything was black for a good minute. Like, I could not see anything. I just froze and did not know what to do. Then I got up and I ran.”
Waymon did not stop running, not even when she called her mom to tell her what happened. She made it to the McDonald’s, her chest hurting, struggling to breathe. “All I could keep thinking was, ‘I can’t believe this is happening. I cannot believe this is happening,’” she said.
It was chaotic outside the school as parents and students rushed around trying to find each other, said Dusty Kornbacher, who owns a nearby floral shop. “All the parking lots were full with parents and kids hugging each other and crying and nobody really knowing what was going on,” he said.
Barry Mann said his 14-year-old son was put on a bus and taken to another school to be picked up.
“He gave me a call as soon as he run out the door and I didn’t know what was happening to him,” he told the AP. “It sounded like his heart was in his throat.”
Garland said his son, a 16-year-old sophomore, jumped into someone’s car and sped away before joining others inside his business.
“Everyone is just scared. Just terrified for their kids,” Garland said. “We’re a small town and we know a lot of the kids.”
The community is about 120 miles northwest of Nashville, Tenn.
The shooting comes one day after a student opened fire in Italy High School, about 45 miles south of Texas early Monday. A female student was recovering Tuesday after police said she was shot by a 16-year-old classmate in the school's cafeteria. The suspect has been taken into custody.