Kentucky State Police identify two students killed in Marshall County High School shooting

(Fox 17 News)

The Kentucky State Police identified two students killed in a deadly school shooting in Marshall County on Tuesday morning.

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.

Kentucky State Police said 16 students were shot, including the two students that were killed, and four students were injured trying to escape. In total, 20 were affected.

Watch the full news conference below :

Bailey Holt, 15, was pronounced dead at the scene. The second student, 15-year-old Preston Cope, passed away at a hospital. Six of the victims were flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Five of those victims are in critical condition, according to the KSP, but VUMC doctors said they are expected to survive from their injuries. The patients are all male, ranging in age from 15 to 18 years old.

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.

During the Tuesday night news conference, KSP extended prayers to all families and first responders affected by the shooting. Commissioner Sanders stressed the emotional toll an event like this takes on responding officers.

“One of the first troopers who arrived on the scene thought one of the victims was his daughter," Sanders said.

Marshall County Schools Superintendent Trent Lovett tweeted a statement calling the shooting 'a tragedy beyond words.'

This is the first deadly school shooting of 2018.

The KSP said a family resource center has been set up for anyone who may need supplies at the Kentucky Agriculture Extension Office in Benton, 1933 Mayfield Highway, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A counseling center will also be set up at the Pepsi Bottling Building.

No one is being allowed inside the school, but anyone with a second set of keys can go pick up their car at the high school.

Several prayer vigils are planned on Tuesday to honor to victims of this deadly shooting.

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