The shooter opened fire at Marshall County High School in southwestern Kentucky on Tuesday, as students gathered at a common area before the day’s first classes, killing two fellow students and wounding several other people.
Kentucky State Police identified the students who were killed as a girl, Bailey Nicole Holt, who died at the scene, and a boy, Preston Ryan Cope, who died at the hospital. Both were 15 years old.
The suspect, a 15-year-old male student, is in custody, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said, and will be charged with murder and attempted murder. Federal, state, and local police are investigating the shooting.
“It is unbelievable that this would happen in a small, close-knit community like Marshall County, as there is still much unknown, I encourage people to love each other.” Bevin said earlier.
Gov. Matt Bevin (R) said that twelve people were being treated for gunshot wounds, while five suffered non-gunshot-related injuries.
Authorities said, the gunman, armed with a handgun, attacked around 8 a.m. local time. According to reports, the female student died at the scene, and the male student was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The shooter, whose identity hasn’t been released, will be charged with murder and attempted murder, officials said.
Five victims were transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Trauma surgeon Dr. Oscar Guillamondegui said one of the victims died from a gunshot wound to the head. Two others also suffered gunshot wounds to the head and another two suffered more minor injuries. All four are expected to survive.
“It’s sad times for all of us,” Guillamondegui told reporters.
The Kentucky shooting comes a day after another shooting at a high school in Italy, Texas, where a 16-year-old student shot a 15-year-old girl, who is now recovering from her injuries.