Reports say a 15-year-old boy shot 14 people Tuesday morning at the Marshall County High School in southwestern Kentucky. A 15-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl both died. Five others suffered non-gunshot injuries, according to the governor’s office.
The suspect in the incident in Benton, Kentucky has been apprehended, according to officials with Marshall County Emergency Management. Police say the suspected shooter was arrested shortly after the tragedy began.
The shooting happened around 8 a.m. CST at Marshall County High School in Benton. The town is located about 130 miles northwest of Nashville, Tennessee.
State police report that the shooter was apprehended within 15 minutes of opening fire.
The Kentucky state police’s Twitter alert reported that there were “multiple victims,” one of whom had been pronounced dead.
At least four wounded individuals were taken via helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. No information was immediately available on their conditions.
State police spokesman, Sergeant Josh Lawson, said there were no further details about the assailant or regarding how many people were wounded, or how serious their injuries were.
Reports from state police confirm they “have one person in custody and we don’t have any reason to believe” there are others responsible.
Marshall County High School has an enrollment of 1,146 students in grades 10 through 12. The entire county of Marshall has a population of about 31,000.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin took to Twitter to say that today’s event was a “tremendous tragedy.”