Dead, 19 Wounded in Kentucky High School Shooting

A gunman has opened fire at a school in Benton Kentucky

Police later identified the two 15-year-old victims as Bailey Nicole Holt, who died at the scene, and Preston Ryan Cope, who died at an area hospital. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor midday Tuesday morning as information about the shooting was beginning to surface. It was the nation's first fatal school shooting of 2018.

Details on this shooting are still coming to light, but this is what is known so far: A shooting took place at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky on January 23. That student was a 15-year-old female. Trying to get out of the high school over to the weight room. On Monday, a teenage girl, 15, was shot by a 16-year-old boy in the cafeteria of Italy High School in Texas.

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.

"This is a wound that is going to take a long time to heal", Bevin said, "and for some in this community, will never fully heal". "Even though we don't think it would happen here, it'll definitely be a wake up call for our community, as well", Cartwright said.

The audio shows law enforcement then began reporting students at the vocational school and in the weight room with gunshot sounds. He would not confirm the identity of the shooter or the status of any of the victims.

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This is just the beginning of the grieving process for so many people as they come to terms with what happened. "Just a few minutes earlier, well I'd hugged them both, and told them I love them as they went off, and a few minutes later you get that text".

A scene of fear and chaos quickly spread across the school's campus after students and administrators heard sounds of popping and screaming.

"A tragedy beyond words occurred in our community today", school Superintendent Trent Lovett said in a statement late Tuesday. They were assisted by the Marshall County Sheriff's Office and the McCracken County Sheriff's Office.

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.

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