Kentucky: One person was shot dead while others 17 were injured in a chaotic situation at a Rural Kentucky high school on Tuesday as someone opened fire. The police informed that a suspect was arrested. Also, the school was locked down.
Mitchell Garland, who ran outside of his business just after he heard about the shoot said that a close to 100 children ran out of Marshall County High School in order to secure safety.
He reportedly said, “They was running and crying and screaming. They were just kids running down the highway. They were trying to get out of there.”
Garland told that he made sure that all the students were safe and not hurt. In fact, his own son, a 16-year-old sophomore, jumped into someone’s car and sped away, then made his way to his dad’s office.
“Everyone is just scared. Just terrified for their kids,” Garland said. “We’re a small town and we know a lot of the kids.”
Kentucky State Police announced the suspect was arrested by a Marshall County deputy. There was no other information released regarding the suspected shooter or his arrest.
Two of the victims were taken to Nashville, Tennessee’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which is about 120 miles (193 kilometers) away.
Savana Smothers, the school’s assistant girls’ soccer coach, wrote on her account on behalf of all of her players. All the girls were safe, she addressed The Associated Press in a Facebook message. She also stated she was attempting to get a head count for all the students who are a part of her church.
“You just never think this will happen in a small town like ours,” she wrote.
Federal authorities combined with the state and local law enforcement in answering to the shooting. Gov. Matt Bevin ran out a side door at the Capitol in Frankfort, saying he was headed to the school as well.
“It is unbelievable that this would happen in a small, close-knit community like Marshall County. As there is still much unknown, I encourage people to love each other,” Bevin said in a statement.
Marshall County High School is just about 30 minutes from Heath High School in Paducah, Kentucky, where a 1997 mass shooting killed three and injured five. Michael Carneal, who was 14 at the time, opened fire about two years before the fatal attack at Columbine High School in Colorado, ushering in an area when mass school shootings have become much more common.
The governor Matt Bevin wrote on Twitter saying, ” 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…”