UPDATE [1/23/18, 2:08 p.m. ET]:
An earlier version of this post relayed an earlier report saying that 19 people were injured. Reuters since corrected that report to say that 17 people were injured, not 19.
UPDATE [1/23/18, 1:30 p.m. ET]:
At least two people died — a 15-year-old female and 15-year-old male — and 19 were injured, Reuters reported Bevin saying.
One of the hospitalized included a special needs student, according to CNN.
The lone gunman, whom USA Today reported was a male, opened fire in the common area before classes started on Tuesday.
“I’ve been doing this for 25 years. It’s not like anything I’ve experienced in my life,” Marshall County Attorney Jeff Edwards said. He described the scene where he found backpacks laying around and phones making noise. “It’s indescribable,” he said.
Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell (R) tweeted his thanks to first responders on Tuesday:
Closely tracking reports of the tragedy in Benton, #Kentucky at Marshall County High School and my thoughts are with the students, teachers, faculty, and the entire community. Thank you to the first responders who continue to put themselves in harm’s way to protect others.
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) January 23, 2018
Authorities apprehended a suspect after a shooting that left at least one dead and others injured at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky on Tuesday, Fox News reported.
At least five had injuries, according to CBS News. According to the Marshall County Tribune-Courier, students went to North Marshall Middle School after the shooting:
Jody Cash, a Kentucky State Police detective, said the “situation is secure and is no longer active.”
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin responded by confirming that the suspected shooter was in custody, and urging people not to speculate about the incident:
Tragic shooting at Marshall County HS…Shooter is in custody, one confirmed fatality, multiple others wounded…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…
— Matt Bevin (@MattBevin) January 23, 2018
“Much yet unknown…Please do not speculate or spread hearsay…Let’s let the first responders do their job,” he tweeted on Tuesday.
On social media, a photo appeared to emerge from the scene:
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 23, 2018
The FBI reportedly traveled to the scene where authorities held the suspect in custody.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as additional information becomes available.