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Address:Benton, KY 42025, USA

Owner:Allison Shaw

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The Marshall County High School shooting occurred at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, on January 23, 2018. As students were gathering in an open area prior to the start of classes, a 15-year-old student opened fire with a handgun, killing one 15-year-old at the scene, and wounding another who died at a nearby hospital. Eighteen other people were injured, fourteen by bullets and three critically.

Bailey Nicole Holt and Preston Ryan Cope, both 15 years old, were killed. Holt died at the scene after reportedly calling her mother but "couldn't say anything". Cope died later at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Nineteen other students were injured, four by trying to escape.

The gunman was a male 15-year-old sophomore at the school. Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Byars located the boy and arrested him after the shooting. They did not immediately offer a motive.