Here's what we know about the Kentucky school shooter
Police are not disclosing many details about the 15-year-old Kentucky school shooter who walked into a high school on Tuesday, January 23rd, killing two students and wounding many others. Although he was arrested at the scene, the shooter is a juvenile and his identity will only be made public if he is tried in adult court.
However, what we do know at this time is that 15-year-old Bailey Nicole Holt and 15-year-old Preston Ryan Cope died that day, with 18 other students sustaining injuries. Five students were airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and hospital officials have said that three of the students are in critical condition, with one in stable condition. All of the other remaining survivors are expected to recover fully.
Student Alexandria Caporali told the Associated Press that the gunman kept shooting methodically. She said, “he knew what he was doing….it was one right after another…you could see his arm jerking as he was pulling the trigger.”
Hundreds of students fled the school, with AP reporting that many ran down the highway, across fields and jumped into cars. Parents left their cars on both sides of the road while scrambling to look for their children. The school is located in a rural area, and many students did not stop running until they reached the McDonald’s more than a mile away.
“No one screamed,” Caporali said. “It was completely silent as people just ran.” Throughout the school year the students at Marshall County High are drilled on how to respond to active shooter situations.
Users took to Twitter to express their outrage over President Donald Trump’s lack of response to the shooting.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed to Reuters that Trump was briefed on the issue saying “our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families there.”
Former U.S. representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in an assassination attempt in 2011, said that once again this was a call for tougher gun laws. “Our nation has experienced 13 mass shootings already this year and it’s only January,” said the former Arizona representative. “We will never accept these horrific acts of violence as routine.”
This is the first fatal school shooting of 2018. Just a day earlier, a young man shot and injured a 15-year-old girl at a high school in Italy, Texas, but she survived her injuries.
Our hearts go out to the victims of this tragedy.