A 15-year-old male student is in police custody after he opened fire at Marshall County High School in Kentucky on Tuesday morning, killing at least two people and injuring at least 17 others, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said.
The suspect will be charged with murder and attempted murder, according to the governor.
Kentucky State Police Detective Jody Cash confirmed to CBS News that the situation was “secure and no longer active.”
Bevin called on the public not to “speculate or spread hearsay” and that they should “let the first responders do their job and be grateful that they are there to do it for us.”
Tragic shooting at Marshall County HS…Shooter is in custody, one confirmed fatality, multiple others wounded…Much yet unknown…Please do not speculate or spread hearsay…Let’s let the first responders do their job and be grateful that they are there to do it for us…
— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) January 23, 2018
“It is unbelievable that this would happen in a small, close-knit community like Marshall County,” Bevin said in a statement. “As there is still much unknown, I encourage people to love each other.”
A 15-year-old girl was killed immediately, while a 15-year-old boy later died at the hospital, reports Vox.
At least 17 others were injured, 12 with gunshot wounds, Bevin said.
The shooting comes a day after a 16-year-old student opened fire on a 15-year-old girl at a high school in Italy, Texas. The victim is now recovering from her injuries. Today’s shooting marks the ninth school shooting this year.
There have already been 13 mass shootings in 2018, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) also tweeted a response to the shooting on Tuesday morning:
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. Thank you to the first responders who continue to put themselves in harm's way to protect others.
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) January 23, 2018