Kentucky High School Shooting Update: 2 Killed, Suspect Identified

Marshall County High School was shaken to its core on January 23, 2018 after a gunman opened fire. Here’s what we know now about this Kentucky high school shooting.

The suspect in the deadly Kentucky high school shooting has been identified as a 15-year-old male student, according to Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. His name will only be revealed if he is indicted.

Two students were killed in the shooting at Marshall County High School. Bailey Nicole Holt, 15, died at the scene. Preston Ryan Cope, 15, was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville before being pronounced dead.

Fourteen other people were injured by gunshots and four were hurt in the chaos of the attack, according to Kentucky State Police spokesman Jody Cash.

The Kentucky high school shooting occurred on January 23 around 9:00 a.m. in a crowded atrium. The suspect allegedly fired until he ran out of ammunition.

Police have stated that five of the shooting victims are in serious condition. It’s been reported that three of the injured were shot in the head. Of the victims, fourteen are male and six are female.

Students Left Reeling after Kentucky High School Shooting

One Marshall County High School student took to Facebook to speak about the tragedy, saying: “It’s crazy how you go from laughing with your friends to hearing several gun shots back to back in the next hallway. No one knows what to do we all just look at each other waiting for someone else to say something.

“What feels like hours we locked ourself [sic] in a tiny room while hearing our friends scream. But all we know to do is hide and stay quiet. I feel terrible for the kids that could not get in a room and had to keep running while scared for their lives. I feel terrible for Bailey Holt and Preston Cope.”

Another student named Victoria Guzman posted a smiling photo of Holt on Facebook with a brief caption: “Bailey Holt was always so happy and a great friend we will love you and can’t believe you were taking [sic] away from us so soon. But god has definitely gained a beautiful angel. prayer to her family as they go through all this.”

In the aftermath of the Kentucky high school shooting, Bevin gave credit to first responders who were on the scene: “[They] deserve extraordinary credit, starting in the moments immediately after it occurred, ensuring it was not a more painful experience than it already was.”


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