UPDATE: 2 students dead, 14 wounded, 5 others injured in Marshall County High School shooting

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BENTON, Ky. (WBKO) -- During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Marshall County Superintendent Trent Lovett said he wants his schools to return to normalcy as soon as possible.

Elementary and middle schools will return to regular schedule Thursday, and parents can attend school with their children. High school will not return just yet.

Assistant County Attorney Jason Darnall said he will ask that the teenager be tried as an adult.

The teen will be facing two charges of murder, but will not be charged with 12 counts of attempted murder. Rather he will be charged with 12 counts of assault first degree, which carries the same penalties.

No motives were discussed.


The names of the two students killed have been released. They are Bailey Holt and Preston Cope, both 15 years old.

Officials say 5 of the victims are fighting for their lives at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.The shooting began at 7:57 a.m. Tuesday, when a 15-year-old boy entered the school and immediately opened fire. First responders were on the scene within 10 minutes.

Students followed lockdown procedures, hiding in the library office, turnin off the lights, locking all the doors, and staying quiet until police gave them the "All Clear."

The accused gunman, whose name has not yet been released, will be charged with two counts of murder and multiple counts of attempted murder.


10:05 a.m.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is calling the fatal shooting at a high school "a tremendous tragedy" and is calling for people to avoid speculating at this time.

The Tuesday morning shooting at Marshall County High School in southwest Kentucky has left one person dead and others wounded.

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."


9:45 a.m.

Kentucky State Police say the suspected shooter at a high school was apprehended by a Marshall County deputy.

The Tuesday morning shooting at Marshall County High School in southwest Kentucky has left one person dead and others wounded.

State police didn't provide any other immediate details about the shooter or the apprehension.

Meanwhile, 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.


9:25 a.m.

Police say they've secured the Kentucky high school where one person was killed and several others wounded in a shooting there.

Kentucky State Police Detective Jody Cash says a suspect is in custody following the Tuesday morning shooting at Marshall County High School in southwest Kentucky.

Officials say the school is on lockdown.

The FBI says it's working with state and local law enforcement in responding to the shooting.


8:50 a.m.

Authorities are reporting one person was killed and others were wounded Tuesday morning in a high school shooting in rural Kentucky.

In a tweet from a verified account, Gov. Matt Bevin said it happened at Marshall County High School in southwest Kentucky.

In the tweet, Bevin says a shooting suspect was in custody. No other details were immediately available.

The community is about 120 miles northwest of Nashville, Tennessee.

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