2 Dead, Several Injured in Kentucky School Shooting, Gov. Says 'Faith in God' is the Solution

January 23, 2018Jan 23, 2018
Updated Jan 23 10:40 PM ET

Prayers are needed as a great tragedy has taken place in the small town of Benton, Kentucky. On Tuesday morning, a high school shooting occurred at Marshall County High school, killing at least two students and injuring more than a dozen others.

First responders, thankfully, arrived quickly on the scene. The remaining victims were rushed to and treated at local hospitals. Their current condition is unclear.

Initially, little details were known regarding this incident. However, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin held a press conference at noon local time to reveal more details.

Law enforcement did emphasize that this is an ongoing criminal investigation and authorities are being "careful" about how they answer certain questions.

Local authorities have confirmed that the suspect is in custody. During the press conference, Bevin revealed that the shooter was a 15-year-old male student. However, authorities are not planning to release his name.

Gov. Bevin stated, "At this time, there are 19 individuals who are being treated for injuries...14 of them are gunshot wounds."

Authorities believe all of the victims are students. Originally, the death toll was at one, but it climbed to 2 after one student died during treatment. One victim was a 15-year-old female and the other was a 15-year-old male.

The suspect, who was armed with a handgun, will be charged with murder and attempted murder.

Later in the day, Bevin tweeted that the community's "faith in God" and "reliance on friends and family" is what makes it possible to get through this "dark day."


Prior to the press conference, Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky released an official statement early Tuesday morning, calling the shooting "tragic" and assuring they will give updates as soon as possible. Additionally, he encouraged people to love on one another and not make any speculations.


Watch Tuesday's press conference below:

Please keep the students in your prayers. In other recent news, President Donald Trump commented on the DACA program following the end of the government shutdown.

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