12-year-old dies at hospital after deadly Hazard campus shooting


HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - A community is grieving even more after word that a third victim has died following Tuesday's shooting on a college campus.

Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen says 12-year old Taylor Cornett died this afternoon at UK Hospital.

Police say 20-year old Caitlin Cornett and 53-year-old Jackie Cornett died at the scene.

It happened Tuesday night around 6:00pm in the parking lot of Hazard Community and Technical College.

Police arrested Dalton Stidham, also known as Dalton Miller, after he turned himself in and allegedly confessed.

He is now expected to be charged with three counts of murder.

In an arrest citation police say Stidham admitted to the shooting.

He told police, "I snapped, shot three people, I'm sure."

That citation also says the gun found at the scene believed to be used by Stidham during the shooting matched the description he gave police of a hand gun purchased earlier that day.

Hazard Police say the alleged shooter Dalton Stidham and Caitlin Cornett had a child in common and were apparently meeting at Hazard Community and Technical College to exchange the child.

Police say the shooting had nothing to do with the college, and it was some type of domestic dispute.

According to 911 calls, someone saw a female victim lying on the ground and a "whitish looking car" drive towards Hazard.

Caitlin Cornett, Jackie Cornett and Taylor Cornett were all shot, and police say the victims were related.

Stidham would turn himself into police and confess shortly after.

On Wednesday, police executed a search warrant on the car towed from the scene and continued their investigation by slowly putting the pieces together.

"Still a few loose ends that we are curious about and that we need to nail down as we proceed," said Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen.

The Perry County coroner says Caitlin and Jackie were both shot multiple times, but an official cause of death has not been released.

Officials at the college say 20-year-old Caitlin Cornett, one of the victims, was a former student at HCTC and was scheduled to begin classes again in February.

The youngest victim, 12-year-old Taylor Cornett who died Wednesday afternoon, was a student at R.W. Combs Elementary School.


HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen confirms to that Taylor Cornett, 12, has died from a deadly shooting on the campus of Hazard Community and Technical College, along with two others. Authorities say it was likely a domestic situation that "just wound up in the parking lot of the community college."

Hazard Police tell us the other victims who were killed are Caitlin Cornett, 20, & Jackie Cornett, 53.

We confirmed with Perry County Schools that a Taylor Cornett was a 6th grader at R.W. Combs Elementary School. Taylor Cornett was taken to UK Hospital after the shooting, where she later died.

Police say the shooter, 21-year-old Dalton Stidham (who also goes by Dalton Miller) turned himself in after the shooting. Officers tell us Stidham used a semi-automatic pistol in the shooting. Stidham is charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. Police say a second suspect was also taken into custody, but only Stidham is believed to be the shooter.

According to the arrest citation, Stidham admitting that he "snapped" and shot three people. The gun recovered from the scene matched the description of the murder weapon that Stidham claimed he used and had purchased earlier that day.

Authorities say the incident was in no way connected to the college, other than the fact that it occurred in the parking lot.

Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen says the first calls about the shooting came in just before six Tuesday night. Allen said when police arrived, they found a vehicle in the middle of the Community College parking lot. Allen said one victim was found dead in the driver's seat of the car, the other was found laying outside the car. The juvenile victim was found in the vehicle's backseat. As the scene unfolded the school was immediately put on lockdown.

Conor Duff, the college's evening coordinator, said police then went through the school's two buildings to ensure no one else was at risk.

During the news conference, the college's president Steve Greiner told reporters that all activities and classes at the college have been canceled for Wednesday so investigators can work on the case.

Classes are only being canceled at the community college campus. Classes at all other locations, including the technical campus, will be on as scheduled on Wednesday.

College officials released a statement about the shooting, including a quote from President Steve Greiner:

"Our thoughts and sympathy are with the families of the victims of this tragedy. We are cooperating fully with the authorities and they have shared with us they do not believe the college was specifically targeted. Fortunately our staff was prepared and responded quickly to secure our campus buildings to limit the impact of this shooting. I am pleased with their response and I want to assure our students, staff and the community we will do all we can to maintain the safety and security of our college."

Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen says this is the worst shooting he can remember within the city limits of Hazard.

There have been others though in Perry County with multiple victims.

In May, 2008 Jerry Fugate shot and killed Magistrate Jimmy Darrell Neace and Lew Allen Caudill outside a gas station.

It's been 30 years since Perry County Sheriff's Deputy Alex Eversole was shot and killed while serving a warrant in Glomawr. A child and the suspect were also killed.

A state trooper was paralyzed. That happened on January 4th, 1983.

From Left to Right: Hazard Police Chief deputy Joe Engle, Chief Minor Allen, HCTC President Dr. Steve Griener

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