The small Western Kentucky town of Benton now joins the growing list of US towns that have been plagued with gun violence in our schools.
At 8:57 on the morning of January 23, a 15-year-old student of Marshall County High School walked into his school carrying a handgun. It is not known in these early stages how the young man got a hold of the gun, but what is known is what he did with it.
Over the next several minutes, the student began a spree shooting through the halls of the high school. According to a statement from Governor Matt Bevin, this caused the deaths of a 15-year-old boy named Preston Cope and a 15-year-old girl named Bailey Holt along with 12 other injuries from gunshot wounds as well as 5 other injuries that were not gunshot related.
At this point, it is expected that those victims who were just injured during the spree will recover in good time.
As for the shooter, their name has recently been released. A son of a local online newspaper editor, Gabe Parker, 15, surrendered to local authorities following his shooting rampage, where he has since been taken in by police and may be tried as an adult for the crimes he committed against the student body of Marshall County High.
Obviously, it is very early in the investigation right now, so details are currently a bit scarce, but as time rolls along and more information comes into us, ConcealedCarry.com will be there to pass the knowledge onto you.
The Marshall County Schools Superintendent Trent Lovett took to Twitter following the attack to express his sympathy to those involved.
— Trent Lovett (@trentlovett) January 24, 2018
We at ConcealedCarry.com would also like to send our heartfelt wishes to the victims and their family and friends. Our mission here is to help protect our flock from criminality’s dark, fiendish ways and we sincerely hope that someday in our future we will never see an event like this again.
What do you all think of this tragedy? Is there any way that you feel it could have been avoided? Do you feel it would have been better or worse if there were armed security at the school to try and take down the shooter before the police arrived? Let’s start a discussion in the comments below.