UPDATE: Two dead 17 Injured in Kentucky High School Shooting
January 23, 2018 At least one person is dead after a shooting at a high school in Western Kentucky early Tuesday morning.
At least five students were shot Tuesday morning at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. Law enforcement officials confirm that the suspected gunman is in police custody.
Kentucky Governor, Matt Bevin tweeted that at least one person is dead but said there is “much yet unknown” as first responders continue to operate at the school.
Benton, Kentucky is located 120 miles northwest of Nashville, Tennessee. The injured students were transported to a area hospitals. Students are being bused to North Marshall Middle School where parents can pick their kids up. School officials are asking parents to refrain from calling the school.
Tuesday morning’s shooting in Kentucky is the second school shooting this week. On Monday, a 15-year-old girl was shot inside the cafeteria at Italy High School in Italy, Texas. Ellis County, Texas police said a 16-year-old male student was taken into custody.
In December, two students were killed in a shooting at Aztec High School in Aztec New Mexico. In November, a man went on a shooting spree at multiple locations in Rancho Tehama, including the Rancho Tehama Elementary School. Three children, including a six-year-old were struck by bullets before the gunman was shot and killed by police.
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Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."