A shooting at Marshall County High School in Western Kentucky has killed one victim and wounded multiple others, according to Kentucky State Police.
At least seven victims were taken to hospitals.
The shooting was reported in the high school commons, according to a Broadcastify recording of law enforcement scanner traffic from initial calls. Police have not confirmed details in the recording.
“Five shots fired. Four down at the high school at Marshall…one unresponsive,” the dispatcher said.
There were also reports of students down in the school’s tech center, according to the dispatcher. Police found the weapon, a pistol, in the back side of the high school, a sheriff deputy told dispatch.
A business owner, Mitchell Garland, said he saw nearly 100 students running out of the high school seeking safety. He said the students were running, crying and screaming, according to the Associated Press.
The Kentucky Department of Education initially said it was a student who died. They later said it was a “person” who died.
A Marshall County deputy apprehended the alleged shooter, state police said about 10:26 a.m., roughly 15 minutes after saying the scene was secure.
Not long after the shooting, condolences, praise for law enforcement and calls for prayer poured forth from lawmakers in the state and in Washington, D.C.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced there was a shooting before others confirmed it and urged caution. He later encouraged people to show love.
“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.”
Bevin released a statement at 10:59 a.m., saying that “this is a tremendous tragedy and speaks to the heartbreak present in our communities.”
“It is unbelievable that this would happen in a small, close-knit community like Marshall County,” he added
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