Students ran from the scene after hearing shots, and the school was placed on lockdown as the incident unfolded. A 16-year-old boy opened fire in the cafeteria, police said, wounding a 15-year-old girl, who was airlifted to a Dallas hospital. Authorities said he will face murder and attempted murder charges. It happened in Benton, about 30 miles west of Paducah, where one of the first school shootings 20 years ago left three dead.
Officials with Kentucky State Police said the scene at the school has been secured. "It is unbelievable that this would happen in small, close-knit community like Marshall County".
Bevin called the shooting at Marshall County High School quote "heartbreaking" and is asking people to avoid speculation at this time to allow the facts to come out.
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. Both victims were 15 years old.
None of the students involved were being publicly identified, Bevin said. The post also reported that at least five of the injured students are in critical condition. The Kentucky Board of Education said the victim was a student. "They was just kids running down the highway".
Neshoba Central officials did not want to give us specifics on their active shooter procedures for safety reasons, but the school says they are prepared.
"This situation was disrupted", Kentucky State Police Lt. Michael Webb said. Trying to get out of the high school over to the weight room. The wounded have been treated at a nearby hospital, and details about who they were or how badly they were hurt were not immediately available.
"A tragedy beyond words occurred in our community today", school Superintendent Trent Lovett said in a statement late Tuesday.
"As there is still much unknown, I encourage people to love each other at this time", he wrote and reiterated the necessity to wait for the truth.
Junior Greg Rodgers told NBC News that when he arrived at school he saw students racing out of the building. It was the nation's first fatal school shooting of 2018.