UPDATE: Two Marshall Co. shooting victims remain in hospital

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BENTON, Ky. (WKYT/AP/CBS) - UPDATE: (1/25/18, 10:40 a.m.)

Bailey Holt & Preston Cope

A hospital spokeswoman in Nashville, Tennessee says two more victims of the Kentucky high school shooting have been released.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center spokeswoman Kristin Smart said Thursday that two male patients are still being treated -- one is in critical but stable condition and the other is in stable condition.

More than a dozen people were shot and two of them were killed in the rampage at Marshall County High School on Tuesday.


UPDATE: (1/25/18, 5:00 a.m.)

The-15-year-old Kentucky boy charged with murdering two classmates will be arraigned Thursday.

The Marshall County High School sophomore is also accused of injuring 18 others in the Tuesday shooting spree.

Prosecutors want to try the teen as an adult.


UPDATE: (1/24/18, 2:15 p.m.)

During a press conference Wednesday, officials gave more information on the case against a 15 year old suspect who allegedly opened fire at a Kentucky high school, killing two students Tuesday morning.

Officials with Kentucky State Police say the suspect will be charged with 2 counts of murder, and 12 counts of assault.

Because of the suspect's age, the case is currently in juvenile court, but it will be presented to a grand jury on February 13th.

Elementary and middle schools in Marshall County will resume classes on Thursday. The high school remains closed, and it is unknown when students will be asked to return for classes.


UPDATE: (1/24/18, 7:00 a.m.)

A picture has been made public of one of the victims killed in Tuesday's deadly mass shooting at Marshall County High School.

Bailey Nicole Holt was 15. She died at the scene. The other student to die was Preston Ryan Cope, also 15.

Witnesses describe students running silently for their lives as a gunman opened fire in the school.

Sixteen-year-old Alexandria Caporali says "no one screamed" during the shooting.

Some of the children ran into classrooms to hide from the boy with the gun. Some ran out of the building, into the fields, across the streets, through the doors of nearby businesses.

Parents desperately searched for their teenagers; business owners pulled fleeing youths to safety; a state trooper rushed to the school, terrified he would find his own daughter among the dead.

A 15-year-old male student has been arrested in the shooting, which killed two classmates.

Fourteen others suffered gunshot wounds and a handful of others were injured in the scramble to get away.


UPDATE: (1/23/18, 11:00 p.m.)

Kentucky State Police now say two people are dead and 18 total people injured in connection to the shooting at Marshall County High School.

Police say of those 18 injured, 14 were hit by gunshots.

KSP says 14 of the 20 total victims were male and six were female, ranging in age from 14 to 18 years old.

Police say of the four remaining victims at Vanderbilt Medical Center, three are in critical condition and one is stable.

A counseling center will be open at the old Pepsi Bottling Plant in Benton from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Wednesday. A family resource center has also been set up at the Kentucky Agriculture Extension Office in Benton.


UPDATE: (1/23/18, 7:15 p.m.)

Kentucky State Police has released the names of the two students killed in a shooting at Marshall County High School.

The students are identified by KSP as Bailey Nicole Holt and Preston Ryan Cope. Both were 15 years old.

Police say five other victims are still in critical condition.

The 15-year-old male suspect will be charged with two counts of murder and multiple counts of attempted murder.

Assistant County Attorney Jason Darnall says the suspect has appointed an attorney, but he did not know the name. The suspect's name has not been released.


Police are on the scene of a shooting at a high school in Marshall County.

The shooting began just before 8 a.m. CT, Tuesday at Marshall County High School in Benton, near the Land Between the Lakes.

During a press conference, Governor Bevin revealed that two people had been killed in the shooting. 17 others were injured, 14 by gunfire.

The two killed were both students. A 15 year old female died at the scene, a 15 year old male died at the hospital.

Police say the scene is secured and that the suspected shooter was apprehended by a Marshall County deputy at the scene.

The shooter has been identified as a 15 year old male student, he will be charged with murder and attempted murder. Authorities say the suspect used a handgun in the shooting.

The county attorney says he will ask for the teen suspect to be tried as an adult.

Marshall County Attorney Jeff Edwards said Tuesday that the case will begin in juvenile court but he will request that a judge move it to adult court. Juvenile court is closed to the public and the records sealed under Kentucky law.

Once the case is in adult court, it will be presented to a grand jury. If the jury chooses to indict, the charges will move to Circuit Court and the details, including the accused teen's identity, will no longer be secret.

The teen is being held at a regional juvenile jail in Paducah, Kentucky, about a half-hour away in the western part of the state.

Officials with Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville say they received 5 patients from Marshall County. The 5 were all males, between the ages of 15 and 18.

Three of those patients had gunshot wounds to the head, one of those three was the 15 year old male who was counted among the two students killed.

Of the other patients at Vanderbilt University, one had a gunshot injury to his arm, the other had a gunshot to the chest.

The four patients being treated at Vanderbilt are expected to survive.

Kentucky State Police spokesman Jody Cash says authorities have no reason to think there are any other suspects in the fatal shooting at a high school.

A soccer coach at the school says all of her players are safe. Savana Smothers is the assistant girls' soccer coach for Marshall County High School. She told The Associated Press in a Facebook message: "You just never think this will happen in a small town like ours."

WPSD-TV reports the high school students are being bused to a middle school where parents can pick up them up.

A business owner says he saw nearly 100 students running out of a Kentucky high school seeking safety from a deadly shooting.

Mitchell Garland says he rushed outside of his business near Marshall County High School when he heard about the shooting Tuesday morning. He says the students were running, crying and screaming.

Garland says his own son, a 16-year-old sophomore, jumped into someone's car and sped away, then made his way to his dad's office.

The area's congressman, Republican U.S. Rep. James Comer, is calling the shooting a "senseless and evil attack" that "horrifies us all."

The FBI and ATF say they are assisting local law enforcement with the situation.

In a statement posted on his Twitter feed, Bevin says it's unbelievable that the shooting would happen in such a small, close-knit community like Marshall County.

Bevin said to not speculate but "come alongside each other in support and allow the facts to come out."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spoke about the shooting on the US Senate floor Tuesday.

"I know I speak for communities across my home state in sending prayers of comfort and healing to students, faculty, and staff and everyone affected by this violence. Our hearts are with the entire community in Marshall County, and our gratitude is with the first responders who rushed into harm's way," Senator McConnell said.

This marks the first fatal school shooting the nation has seen this year.

According to data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive, there has been one other school shooting this year that resulted in injuries. That one happened Monday when a 15-year-old girl was injured after police say a 16-year-old classmate shot her while they were in the high school cafeteria in Italy, Texas.

Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords called for stronger gun laws after a fatal shooting at a Kentucky high school and said schools should be among the safest places in communities.

Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, survived being shot in the head while meeting with constituents in a Tucson-area parking lot in 2011.

In an online statement, she said it's "horrifying that we can no longer call school shootings 'unimaginable' because the reality is they happen with alarming frequency."

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