Gabe Parker is allegedly the 15-year-old suspect in custody for the shooting at Marshall County High School that left two students dead and 18 students injured, with at least 3 being in critical condition. The shooting took place just prior to 8 AM local time at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. Beaton is approximately 120 miles northwest of Nashville, Tennessee.
A 15-year-old female student, Bailey Nicole Holt, died at the scene of the shooting and a 15-year-old male student, later identified as Preston Ryan Cope, died at the hospital.
The student was allegedly arrested and will be charged with two counts murder and multiple counts of attempted murder. The student’s stepsister allegedly defended him on Facebook, saying he was “not a monster” and that he was “bullied”. News outlets such as Heavy are identifying that Parker is the suspect in the photo.
Police have not yet confirmed the shooter’s identity or released a motive for the shooting, however, local town forums and Facebook pages are identifying the shooter as Parker.
Five of the victims were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, officials said. Among the patients was the 15-year-old boy who did not survive; he was shot in the head, doctors said.
“Of the four remaining victims at Vanderbilt, three are in critical but stable condition and one is in stable condition,” the state police said late Tuesday.
The suspect will be charged with two counts murder and multiple counts of attempted murder, according to Rick Sanders, Kentucky State Police commissioner.
About Gabe Parker
Gabe Parker is allegedly the 15-year-old Kentucky teenager who was arrested for murder and attempted murder after he shot up Marshall County High School, killing two and injuring 18.
Parker’s alleged Facebook and Instagram have been deleted, however, we have a screenshot of Parker’s below.
via Kentucky State Police:
The first shots were fired at 7:57 a.m., and the first 911 call was received at 7:59 a.m. There was a Marshall County Sheriff’s Department School Resource Officer on site at the time of the shooting. The suspect, a 15 year old male student, was taken into custody on site in a non-violent apprehension by the Marshall County Sheriff Department. The suspect had used a handgun in the shooting.
Twenty people were affected during the shooting, 16 of which suffered gunshot wounds. Of those suffering gunshot wounds, one died at the scene and one died after being flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center. In total, five were transported to Vanderbilt, the others to local hospitals. Victims ranged in age from 14 to 18 years old. Fourteen victims were male, and six were female. Of the four remaining victims at Vanderbilt, three are in critical but stable condition and one is in stable condition.
Bailey Nicole Holt, age 15, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marshall County Coroner. Preston Ryan Cope, age 15, was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
A counseling center will be open at the old Pepsi Bottling Plant at 1531 Highway 641 North, Benton, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. beginning tomorrow. A family resource center has been set up at the Kentucky Agriculture Extension Office at 1533 Mayfield Highway, Benton. The investigation is being led by the Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team (KSP CIRT), with assistance from local and federal agencies.
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