20 years ago: student arrested following West Paducah school shooting

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders on Tuesday evening identified the students who were fatally shot as Bailey Nicole Holt and Preston Ryan Cope. Police say he was brought into custody without incident.

Sanders said that the girl died on the scene, while the boy died in a hospital. "I stand with the school, first responders and the entire Marshall County community, we are all united with you today".

Kentucky State Police have released the names of the two students killed in a school shooting Tuesday morning in Benton.

At just after 8 a.m., a dispatcher can be heard calling for assistance to an active shooter at the high school and that people are down. The student injured in the shooting was transported to a hospital. Trying to get out of the high school over to the weight room.

The shooter is said to be a 15-year-old male. It's good that the alleged shooter was caught, but it's so heartbreaking that yet another shooting has taken place in an American high school.

"This is a wound that is going to take a long time to heal, and for some in this community, it will never heal", Bevin said.

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"We have various security cameras placed throughout the campus that can be monitored by SROs, administrators and the offices", Neshoba Central School District Transportation and Safety Director Michael Thomas said. The state police's initial Twitter alert reported "multiple victims, one of which has been pronounced dead". "Just terrified for their kids", Mr Garland said.

"The SRO that was assigned to the school went through a tough time this morning", Sanders said, but did not provide further information on the officer's actions during the shooting.

Andrea Austin was shocked by the violence and struggled to understand how it could happen to her loving son. "That student was apprehended at the scene".

Darlene Lynn of Marshall County Emergency Management tells WDRB-TV that some of the wounded were flown by helicopter for medical treatment.

After realizing it wasn't a prank and that he was in the midst of a school shooting, 15-year-old Ethan Holder said he ran for his life.

The community is about 120 miles northwest of Nashville, Tennessee.


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