Updated: Deadly shooting at Marshall Co. High School

01/23/2018 04:21 PM

UPDATE 10:15 p.m.: Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders has confirmed the names of the two 15-year-old students who were killed after a 15-year-old student walked into Marshall County High School at 7:57 a.m. on Tuesday morning and opened fire with a handgun in a commons area.

15-year-old Bailey Nicole Holt died at the scene, while 15-year-old Preston Ryan Cope died of his gunshot wounds at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The shooter was not identified by authorities because he is a juvenile.

Police say there is no reason to suspect that anyone else was involved in the shooting.

UPDATE 4:08 p.m.: Vanderbilt University Medical Center has confirmed they received five victims from the shooting. One male patient lost his life at the hospital, the other four are being treated.


UPDATE 1:45 p.m.: Kentucky State Police have confirmed two students are dead and 17 people are injured as a result of the shooting Tuesday morning at Marshall County High School. The suspect, a 15-year-old male, is in custody and being charged with murder and attempted murder. Of the 17 injured, 14 suffered gunshot wounds. Six have been airlifted to Trauma 1 medical centers. Police declined to release more information as the investigation is ongoing.


At least one person is dead after a shooting at Marshall County High School this morning, according to Gov. Matt Bevin and multiple media reports.

News reports say multiple people were shot, and Bevin says one is dead and the shooter is in custody, according to a Twitter post. The governor’s office has not sent a media release at this time.

Bevin called for individuals to not “speculate or spread hearsay.”

“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,” he wrote Tuesday morning.

Kentucky State Police also confirmed the shooting on their social media profiles tweeting:

ALERT: KSP has confirmed a school shooting at Marshall County High School with multiple victims, one of which has been pronounced dead. KSP Post 1 is setting up a media staging area and more details will available soon.”

UPDATE: Governor Bevin released the following statement on Twitter in response to the shooting.

“This is a tremendous tragedy and speaks to the heartbreak present in our communities. It is unbelievable that this would happen in small, close-knit community like Marshall County. As there is still much unknown, I encourage people to love on each other at this time. Do not speculate, but come alongside each other in support and allow the facts to come out.”

State Representative Will Coursey, D-Symsonia, who represents Marshall County released the following statement.

“Words alone cannot describe the grief our community feels as we try to comprehend this senseless tragedy. We mourn the loss of life and pray for their family and those injured. We also commend the heroic work of our first responders and school staff who went above and beyond and forever deserve our gratitude. As an alum of this high school, I can only add that I am stunned and deeply saddened.”

Senator Danny Carroll, R-Paducah, released the following statement.

“I was heartbroken to hear of this horrific incident in Benton. Marshall County High School is my alma mater and that of many of my friends and family, many of whom still have children attending. This is a sad time for our close-knit community in Marshall County and my thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this senseless tragedy. Many thanks to our first responders who contained the situation and prevented it from escalating further. I remain in communication with the Governor’s office and Kentucky State Police as resources are provided to our community.”

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to address the shooting before the upper chamber.

Anchor and managing editor Nick Storm, Reporter Don Weber and Producer Michon Lindstrom, and Beth Klasskin contributed to this report.


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