At least two students have died and 17 others were injured after a 15-year-old male student methodically opened fire on his classmates in a crowded atrium at his Kentucky high school.
The shooting erupted at Marshall County High School in Benton on Tuesday just before 8am when the teenager walked in armed with a handgun.
Police were seen leading a teenager away in handcuffs after he was apprehended by a Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputy roughly 15 minutes after the shooting broke out.
He has not been named and police have not released a motive. The student, who is believed to be in the school band, will be charged with murder and attempted murder.
The two fatalities were a 15-year-old girl who was pronounced dead at the scene and a 15-year-old boy who later died after being admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee with a gunshot wound to his head.
At least 14 people were taken to hospital, some via helicopter, suffering gunshot wounds. The others were injured trying to get away, but were not shot. All of the victims are believed to be students.
Shocked students have described the terrifying moment the shooter opened fire before classes began, forcing nearly 100 children to run out of the school and seek safety.
‘He was determined. He knew what he was doing,’ a classmate said of the shooter.
‘It was one right after another – bang bang bang bang bang. You could see his arm jerking as he was pulling the trigger.’
Another student said: ‘No one screamed. It was almost completely silent as people just ran.
‘He just ran out of ammo and couldn’t do anything else. He took off running and tried to get away from the officers.’
The school was placed in lockdown and the entrances to the school were blocked off by first responders.