MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. — Fourteen people were wounded, two of them fatally, in a Tuesday morning shooting at Marshall County High School in western Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin said at a news conference. Another five people sustained other injuries.
A 15-year-old male student was arrested at the scene and will be charged with murder, according to Bevin. The slain victims were a boy and a girl, both 15 years old.
No motive has been released.
As word of the shooting spread across the Benton, Kentucky, parents panicked about the fate of their children.
Daniel Austin, a 17-year-old special needs student, was hospitalized. His parents called his cell phone incessantly until someone in the emergency room picked up and said Daniel had been shot.
His mother Andrea rushed to the hospital, bewildered as to why this happened.
"Teachers love him. Students love him. I don't think anything can say one bad thing about him," Andrea Austin said. "And that's not because I'm his mom. Everybody loves him."
Austin said her son was shot in the right arm, which might need to be amputated. She lauded the heroics of a fellow student and a teacher, who quickly scooped up Daniel after the gunfire stopped, rushed him to a car and drove him to a hospital.
About 30,000 people live in Marshall County, about 115 miles northwest of Nashville.
Governor Matt Bevin confirmed the fatality on Twitter Tuesday morning.