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Kentucky High School Shooting Live Updates: Attack Reported at Marshall County High School in Benton

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Newsweek

Update | 2:00 p.m. ET – Two 15-year-old students, a male and a female, were killed by a fellow student in a shooting at Marshall County High School Tuesday morning, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin said at a press conference. The shooting also left at least 17 other people injured. 

The Marshall County Sheriff's Department apprehended the shooter, a 15-year-old male student at the school. He is in custody and will be charged with murder and attempted murder, Bevin said. His identity and motivations for the attack remain unknown.

The shooter entered the school with a handgun and began shooting at his peers, the Marshall County Sheriff's Department said. There were 14 individuals—all believed to be students—being treated for gunshot-related injuries and five other people being treated for non-gunshot wounds. 

"Respect the fact that these children belong to this community and specific families in this community," Bevin said. "This is a wound that will take a long time to heal. For some in this community, it never will."

11:30 a.m. ET – Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin expressed disbelief Tuesday morning that a school shooting happened "in a small, close-knit community like Marshall County."

"This is a tremendous tragedy and speaks to the heartbreak present in our communities. It is unbelievable that this would happen in a small, close-knit community like Marshall County," he said in a statement. "As there is still much unknown, I encourage people to love on each other at this time. Do not speculate, but come alongside each other in support and allow the facts to come out."

11 a.m. ET – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was monitoring reports Tuesday morning of a high school shooting in his home state of Kentucky that left at least one student dead and several other people injured. 

"My thoughts are with the students, teachers, faculty, and the entire community," McConnell, a Republican, wrote on Twitter. Thank you to the first responders who continue to put themselves in harm's way to protect others." 

The district's state senator Danny Carroll said in a statement that he was "heartbroken" to hear about the "senseless tragedy" at his alma mater. "This is a sad time for our close-knit community in Marshall County," Carroll said.

10:45 a.m. ET – At least one student is dead after a shooting at Marshall County High School, according to Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt. He said the "tragic school shooting" left several other people injured. 

The shooter was taken into custody, but no information about the person's identity or motivations have been released.

Pruitt said the Kentucky Department of Education was "prepared to provide whatever support they need in the wake of this tragedy."

10:30 a.m. ET – The Louisville, Kentucky branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed "multiple victims" at Marshall County High School after a shooting Tuesday morning. Agents are on-scene to assist federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, the agency confirmed on Twitter.

Benton, Kentucky—where the shooting took place—has a population of about 4,500, according to Census numbers. The town is about three hours outside Louisville in the southwestern region of the state.

10:20 a.m. ET – At least one person was killed in a shooting at Marshall County High School with seven people taken to Marshall County Hospital, according to Marshall County Emergency Management and the Kentucky State Police. 

The identity of the person killed was not released by officials.

"Please be patient as we work to confirm details," the Kentucky State Police said in a statement.

10:05 a.m. ET – The Marshall County Emergency Management confirmed to Newsweek that a suspect was taken into custody after a shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. No details about the suspect were immediately released.

No details were confirmed by the Emergency Management agency about the number of people injured, but Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, a Republican, reported at least one fatality and multiple injured in the attack.

9:45 a.m. ET – A shooting was reported at a Kentucky high school Tuesday morning, according to the state's governor and multiple media reports.

The shooting was reported at Marshall County High School in Benton. Governor Matt Bevin confirmed the attack on Twitter, writing: "Tragic shooting at Marshall County HS...Shooter is in custody, one confirmed fatality, multiple others wounded...Much yet unknown...Please do not speculate or spread hearsay...Let’s let the first responders do their job and be grateful that they are there to do it for us..."

The Marshall County Sheriff's Office told Newsweek that it responded to an incident at the school but did not provide immediate details. Police did not confirm any details about injuries, fatalities or a suspect. 

Representative James Comer, a Republican congressman for the state's first congressional district, tweeted that his "thoughts and prayers go out to the students and faculty at Marshall County High School where there has been a tragic school shooting."

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated there were 19 people injured in the shooting rather than 17 injured and two killed, based on statements by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin during a Tuesday press conference.