Kentucky high school shooting: 2 students dead, several others injured

Two teenagers were killed and more than a dozen other people were wounded Tuesday when gunfire erupted at a Kentucky high school, prompting panicked students to run for their lives.

A 15-year-old male student at Marshall County High School in Benton was taken into custody and faces possible charges of murder and attempted murder, authorities said. The deceased were also 15 — one of them of a girl, the other a boy.

Gov. Matt Bevin said there were 19 people were being treated for injuries, 14 of whom suffered gunshot wounds.

A half-dozen ambulances and numerous police cars converged on the school. Officers in black fatigues carrying assault rifles showed up as well. Federal authorities also responded, and Bevin ran out of the Capitol to rush to the school. Parents left their cars on both sides of an adjacent road, desperately trying to find their children.

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders said during a press conference Tuesday afternoon that the suspect entered the school at 7:57 a.m. and soon opened fire with a handgun. Sanders said the first 911 call came in two minutes later, and police were on scene by 8:06 a.m.

A Marshall County deputy apprehended the shooter.

Marshall County High School is about 30 minutes from Heath High School in Paducah, Kentucky, where a 1997 mass shooting killed three and injured five. Michael Carneal, then 14, opened fire there about two years before the fatal attack at Columbine High School in Colorado, ushering in an era when mass school shootings have become much more common.

The attack in Kentucky also came day after a school shooting in Texas.

On Monday, a 15-year-old female student was shot in the city of Italy, officials said. She was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Dallas.

The Italy High School suspect, a 16-year-old male, was "apprehended within minutes," officials said.

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