Published: Thu, January 25, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Two dead in U.S. school shooting

Two dead in U.S. school shooting

The 15-year-old student could be tried as an adult, according to CBS.

"It's horrifying that we can no longer call school shootings "unimaginable" because the reality is they happen with alarming frequency", said former politician Gabrielle Giffords, who survived being shot in the head in an assassination attempt in 2011.

Marshall County High School is about 25 miles southeast of West Paducah, where a high school freshman opened fire on a student prayer group, killing three, in 1997.

Marshall County deputies arrested the gunman, who remains unidentified.

Landon Kornbacher, who graduated from this high school in 2016, told ABC News he was in "shock" as his girlfriend was inside the school and on lockdown. The second, a 15-year-old boy, died after being transported to a hospital. "It is unbelievable that his would happen in a small, close-knit community like Marshall County".

Fourteen people, including the two killed, were wounded in the gunfire, which began just before 9 a.m. ET as the suspect entered the school with a handgun and began shooting.

Kentucky Department of Education previously confirmed in a tweet that the one confirmed death is a student. I seen my good friends, they got shot.

"All these kids were running everywhere on the side of the road, and then I roll down my window and someone told me there was a school shooting".

The Kentucky State Police also confirmed the shooting in a Facebook post, writing that there were "multiple victims, one of which has been pronounced dead".

"The SRO that was assigned to the school went through a tough time this morning", Sanders said, but did not provide further information on the officer's actions during the shooting. The dead include a boy and girl, both 15, police said.

"Closely tracking reports of the tragedy in Benton, #Kentucky at Marshall County High School and my thoughts are with the students, teachers, faculty, and the entire community. Do not speculate, but come alongside each other in support and allow the facts to come out".

The shooter struck just as the school day was starting.

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