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Marshall County High School, Benton, Ky.

Student charged with murder in Kentucky high school shooting

Jan. 25, 2018
Prosecutors say they will seek to have the 15-year-old boy tried as an adult in the attack that killed 2 students and injured 18 others.

A 15-year-old student at a rural Kentucky high school has been charged with two counts of murder and 12 counts of first-degree assault in connection with a shooting attack that left two teens dead.

USA Today reports that the shooter, whose name has not been disclosed because he is a juvenile, has been charged in juvenile court. Assistant County Attorney Jason Darnall says he will request that the case be transferred to adult court.

The attack took place Tuesday morning shortly before classes were to begin. The suspect, armed with a handgun, opened fire in the atrium of Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky.

The rampage left two students dead and another 14 wounded in the gunfire, the Kentucky State Police said. Bailey Nicole Holt, 15, died at the scene. Preston Ryan Cope, 15, died a short time later at a hospital in Nashville. Another four students suffered non-gunshot injuries as they tried to flee.

Victims ranged in age from 14 to 18 years old, police aid. Fourteen victims were male, and six were female. Four victims were hospitalized at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.; three were in critical condition, and one was described as stable.

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