A 15-year-old boy’s horrible decision to open fire at his high school on the morning of January 23, 2018 has resulted in the deaths of at least two of his fellow students. The terrible scene occurred at Marshall County High School, which is located in Benton, Kentucky. All in all, over a dozen people were injured, and victims of the shooting are dealing with wounds to the head.
One of the victims, a girl, died at the scene; another victim perished at an area hospital. Both of the deceased were 15 years of age at the time of their deaths.
If there’s any good news, it is that the alleged shooter has been apprehended. That’s the only good news, though, as two young lives were taken for no apparent reason.
The shooting, which occurred at about 8 am, was the first fatal school shooting of this year. The shooter walked into the school armed with a handgun, and he opened fire in the school’s crowded atrium.
In a statement, the superintendent of the school district said that area residents are “beyond words” regarding what transpired. He went on to say that parents’ biggest fear is that something might happen to their children, and that fear sadly became a reality. Faculty and staff, he said, were outstanding in response to what happened. You can read exactly what he said below.
— Trent Lovett (@trentlovett) January 24, 2018
The alleged shooter was seen being led away by police while handcuffed; at the very least, we don’t have to worry that he can do any more harm to the Kentucky community. According to officials, he will be charged with murder as well as several counts of attempted murder. He was apprehended approximately 15 minutes after the shooting occurred.
No motive has been given for the shooting. It is believed that the shooter was in the school’s band.
Classmates of the shooter described what happened, saying that the shooter—who has not yet been named—was “determined” and knew what he was doing.
One student said that “no one screamed”. It was just completely silent as people ran from the scene.
For obvious reasons, the high school was placed in lock down. The shooter ran out of ammunition and wasn’t in the position to do any additional damage. He ran, trying to get away from the police. Fortunately, he was promptly apprehended by law enforcement.
Ambulances and police cars quickly arrived on the scene of the shooting; police officers carrying assault rifles definitely helped make sure the situation didn’t end up even worse than it was. Obviously, parents of the high school students were concerned for the safety of their children, and nearby streets were lined with their cars.
One woman actually interacted with the mother of the alleged shooter. The shooter’s mom was very concerned that she couldn’t find her child, and the woman waited with the shooter’s mother. The shooter’s mom ended up vomiting once she realized that her child was the killer. She was apparently going into shock and needed an ambulance.
A local business owner described the scene after the shooting, saying that he watched students flee from the school. Mitchell Garland said there was running and crying and screaming. Garland actually had a son present during the shooting; fortunately, his teenaged son is well, having made the wise decision to flee the scene via jumping in someone’s car and speeding away.
The shooting occurred in a small town, which makes the whole situation more tragic. Everyone more or less knew one another.
A soccer coach put it best when she said that you’d never think such a tragedy would occur in a small town like Benton.
Two are dead and 17 are injured; what happened in Kentucky Tuesday is truly a tragedy. Unfortunately, however, it is far from the worst school shooting in recent history. For example, in October of 2015, ten people died as a result of a shooting at Umpqua Community College, which is located near Roseburg, Oregon. We don’t even need to bring up the shooting at Sandy Hook, which resulted in the deaths of 20 kids back in 2012.
Our thoughts go out to the victims and those who care about them.
H/T – Source