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Two dead, 17 injured in Kentucky high school shooting

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Kentucky State Governor Matt Bevin issued a statement on the Marshall County High School shooting this morning that left 17 students injured and two dead.

Bevin asked out of respect for the families involved that "you respect the process, respect the need that things are done in a respectable manner."

"At this time, there are 19 individuals being treated, 14 of them for gunshot wounds," Bevin said.

KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders said Bailey Nicole Holt, 15, and Preston Ryan Cope, 15, were killed when a 15-year-old male student opened fire at Marshall County High School just before 8 a.m.

KSP said the shooter was apprehended at the scene and is being charged with two counts of murder and multiple counts of attempted murder. According to the KSP, the student walked into the school with a pistol in his hand and immediately opened fire.

Sanders said 14 students were shot, including the two students that were killed, and five students were injured trying to escape. In total, 19 students were injured or killed.

Six of the victims were flown to a level-1 hospital, where the KSP said five of those victims are in critical condition.

The Special Olympics of Kentucky identified Daniel Austin as one of the students injured in the shooting. In a post on their Facebook page, the SOKY said Daniel is with his family, and they're wishing him a speedy recovery.

The shooter was a 15-year-old male student. He was apprehended at the scene and is being charged with murder and attempted murder.

An emotional Bevin says "this is a wound that is going to take a long time to heal." Bevin says the families who have lost their child have been notified but he is not releasing their names at this time.

Kentucky State Police added the incident began at 7:57 a.m. when a student, armed with a handgun entered the school and started shooting. The first 911 call came in at 7:59 and within minutes (8:06) first responders arrived.

A day that leaves even first responders shaken.

“I have a 15-year-old daughter, and I think about that,” said Lt. Michael Webb with the Kentucky State Police. "We have two 15-year-old high school students that have been killed just showing up to go to school and how tragic that is it doesn’t get any worse than that."

It’s why Kentucky Grover Matt Bevin is making a plea for privacy and respect.

“These children belong to this community and to specific families in this community," Bevin said. "This is a wound that is going to take a long time to heal and for some in this community will never fully heal. It’s going to take a process of time and respect and I’m asking you please to respect these families."

The investigation is being conducted by the KSP Critical Response team, the FBI, and the ATF is involved as well.

It was the nation's first fatal school shooting of 2018.

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