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Two killed in Kentucky high school shooting

On the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, a 15-year-old boy with a handgun opened fire at a high school in southwestern Kentucky. Two students are confirmed as dead, and several others were injured.

The suspect in the shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky., has been apprehended. However, no identity or motive of the shooter has been released.

The boy began shooting in the school's commons area at 7:57 a.m. as students headed to class. According to Fox News, the police arrived nine minutes later. “[The suspect] was apprehended by the sheriff's department here on site, at the school, thankfully before any more lives could be taken,” Kentucky State Police Lt. Michael Webb said.

The school shooter will be charged with murder and attempted murder.

The two dead students were identified as Baily Holt and Preston Cope, both 15. According to WCTV, “the 15-year-old girl [Holt], died at the scene...The other deceased victim [Cope] passed away at a hospital. He was one of five students flown to the nearest Level 1 trauma center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.” Cope died of a “non-survivable gunshot wound to the brain,” trauma doctors said there.

16-year-old Lexie Waymon recounted her experience. "I blacked out," she said. "I couldn't move. I got up and I tried to run, but I fell. I heard someone hit the ground. It

was so close to me," Waymon said. "I just heard it and then I just, everything was black for a good minute. Like, I could not see anything. I just froze and did not know what to do. Then I got up and I ran."

Clyde Lee, whose nephew attends the high school, said, "We have a family friend who was shot in the head."

"Everyone is just scared. Just terrified for their kids," said Mitchell Garland, a parent. "We're a small town and we know a lot of the kids."

According to NBC, Benton, Ky., has a population of roughly 4,300. In addition, Marshall County High "had recently undergone active shooter response training," Fox News reports.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the FBI, and Kentucky State Police are investigating the incident.

Although "there have been 13 mass shootings already this year," NBC reports, this was the first fatal school shooting of 2018.