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2 killed, 18 injured in Kentucky school shooting; gunman to be tried as an adult

(Left) Bailey Holt and (right) Preston Ryan Cope, both 15, died in the Marshall County High School shooting. (MGN/Facebook/CNN)

BENTON, Ky. (WZTV) - The latest on the deadly shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky:

(4 p.m.)

One teen was released from the hospital on Wednesday, and three more teens were upgraded to stable condition after they were injured in a deadly shooting at Marshall County High School.

On Tuesday morning, a 15-year-old student opened fire on his classmates at the Kentucky high school. Bailey Holt and Preston Cope, both 15, died in the shooting.

The KSP said altogether 16 students were shot and four others sustained other various injuries. The students range in age from 14 to 18 years old.

Four students are being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Three male students were upgraded to stable condition on Wednesday, and one other teen remains in critical but stable condition.

A female patient was brought to VUMC late Tuesday night and was discharged on Wednesday.

(2:20 p.m.)

President Donald Trump tweeted his thoughts and prayers to the victims and families affected by the deadly shooting at Marshall County High School.

"Earlier today, I spoke with @GovMattBevin of Kentucky regarding yesterday’s shooting at Marshall County High School. My thoughts and prayers are with Bailey Holt, Preston Cope, their families, and all of the wounded victims who are in recovery. We are with you!" - President Donald Trump

Bailey Nicole Holt and Preston Ryan Cope, both 15, were killed and another 18 people were injured when a classmate opened fire Tuesday morning at Marshall County High School in southwest Kentucky. A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in the shootings.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump has directed the Department of Justice to "make the recent crime wave a top priority."

UPDATE: (1:15 p.m.)

A prosecutor said the gunman who opened fire on his peers at Marshall County High School on Tuesday, killing two and injuring 18, will be tried as an adult.

Prosecutors said right now, the 15-year-old gunman is being charged with two counts of murder and facing charges of assault first. Attorneys said the assault first charges are subject to change.

The name of the shooter has not been released at this time.

Bailey Holt and Preston Cope, both 15, died in the shooting. KSP said altogether, 16 students were shot and four others sustained other various injuries. The students range in ages 14 to 18.

Right now, five students are being treated in Nashville. Four male students are in critical, but stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a female student is in stable condition at Vanderbilt’s children’s hospital.

As for the legal process, a probable cause hearing was already held. Next will be a detention hearing a the process to change the youthful offender to be charged as an adult.

The case will go to a Grand Jury on Feb. 13.

There's no word on when Marshall County High School will reopen. Elementary and middle schools will be in session for normal times on Thursday. Buses will run at a normal time and parents are allowed at school with kids.

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BENTON, Ky. (WZTV) - The latest on the deadly shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky:

(10 a.m.)

Kentucky State Police are asking for anyone who has tips and information about the deadly Marshall County High School shooting to come forward.

Police are asking residents to contact KSP Post 1 with information. Click here for contact numbers.

Two students were killed and 18 others were injured when an unidentified 15-year-old student opened gunfire at school. The students killed have been identified as Bailey Holt, 15, and Preston Ryan Cope, 15. Police said the accused shooter will be charged with murder and attempted murder.

The students killed have been identified as Bailey Holt, 15, and Preston Ryan Cope, 15. Police said the accused shooter is a 15-year-old student who will be charged with murder and attempted murder. Secret Holt said her daughter Bailey was a "perfect sweet soul." She also told KFVS that the "horrific act of violence" is "just unbearable" for her family.

Police said the gunman started firing just before 8 a.m. in the commons area of the school. Students fled, some seeking shelter at nearby businesses. The Associated Press reported one student ran more than a mile to a McDonald's near the school.

A news conference is scheduled to be held at 1 p.m. and will be streamed on FOX 17 News.

(8:30 a.m.)

Kentucky State Police are now saying two people were killed and 18 were injured in a shooting at Marshall County High School.

Police released updated numbers Tuesday night. They said a total of 20 people were affected in the shooting:

  • 16 students injured from gunshot wounds; two of those gunshot victims are dead
  • Four students sustained various other injuries
  • 14 males
  • Six females
  • Ages 14 to 18

Earlier, officials had said 17 people were injured and two were killed.

The students killed have been identified as Bailey Holt, 15, and Preston Ryan Cope, 15. Police said the accused shooter is a 15-year-old student who will be charged with murder and attempted murder. Secret Holt said her daughter Bailey was a "perfect sweet soul." She also told KFVS that the "horrific act of violence" is "just unbearable" for her family.

KSP said a family resource center has been set up for anyone who may need supplies at the Kentucky Agriculture Extension Office in Benton, 1933 Mayfield Highway, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A counseling center will also be set up at the Pepsi Bottling Building.

Classes have been canceled Wednesday, but dozens of cars are sitting abandoned in the parking lot. No one is being allowed inside the school, but anyone with a second set of keys can go pick up their car at the high school.

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(7:50 a.m.)

Classes have been canceled Wednesday, but dozens of cars are sitting abandoned in the parking lot of Marshall County High School after a deadly shooting.

At about 8 a.m. Tuesday, Kentucky State Police said an unidentified 15-year-old student opened gunfire on his peers, fatally striking Bailey Holt, 15, and Preston Ryan Cope, 15.

Police said altogether, the gunman shot 14 people before he was apprehended by a Marshall County Sheriff's officer. Five victims are being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Police said five other people sustained non-gunshot wound injuries.

The Special Olympics of Kentucky identified Daniel Austin as one of the students injured in the shooting. In a post on its Facebook page, the SOKY said Daniel is with his family, and it is wishing him a speedy recovery.

Meanwhile, communities are rallying behind the school Wednesday morning. Several vigils were held Tuesday night and several more are underway Wednesday morning.

Action Sports in Paducah posted on Facebook that it will sell a “We are Marshall” shirt starting about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Families affected by this tragedy will receive 100 percent of the proceeds, the store said.


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