Tuesday, January 23, 2018

First Fatal School Shooting of 2018

A 15-year-old boy shot 14 people on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at the Marshall County High School (below) in Benton, Kentucky. The suspect, a student, entered the school at 7:57 a.m. and soon opened fire with a handgun. The first 911 call came in two minutes later, and police were on scene by 8:06 a.m.

The two people killed include a 15-year-old female student, Bailey Nicole Holt​, who died at the scene. Five of the other victims were airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center​ in Nashville, where another student, Preston Ryan Cope​, later died.

The suspect (pictured at top and below) has been identified as Gabe Parker, a freshman and band member at Marshall County High School. 

This shooting is the nation's first fatal school shooting of 2018. 

The suspect will be charged with murder and attempted murder, Kentucky State Police Lt. Michael Webb said.

Marshall County High School is about 30 minutes from Heath High School in Paducah, Kentucky, where a 1997 mass shooting killed three and injured five. Michael Carneal, then 14, opened fire there about two years before the fatal attack at Columbine High School in Colorado, ushering in an era when mass school shootings have become much more common.

Meanwhile, yesterday, in the small North Texas town of Italy (pronounced "It'ly"), a 15-year-old girl Noelle “Cricket” Jones was recovering after police said she was shot by a 16-year-old classmate in Ellis County's Italy High School (above) cafeteria on Monday, January 22, 2018, sending dozens of students scrambling for safety.

On Monday, January 22, 2018, Chad Padilla, 16, was taken into custody without incident after the Italy, Texas, shooting​ of a 15-year-old female student in the cafeteria just before 8:00 a.m. with a semi-automatic​ handgun.

Chad Padilla's Facebook Profile Picture.


Benton, Kentucky is 15 miles away from Aurora, Kentucky, also in Marshall County.

Italy, Texas is 82 miles away from Aurora, Texas, in Wise County.

Ring of Fire

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The Pacific Ring of Fire has been very active in the last 24 hours:

Philippines : Mt. Mayon Volcano erupted
Japan: Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane volcano erupted causing an avalanche.
Indonesia: 5.3 or 6.1 Magnitude earthquake jolts Jakarta, Java.
Alaska: 7.9 or 8.2 Magnitude earthquake off the coast of Kodiak, Alaska, causing tsunami warnings.

United States: Two small earthquakes in Missouri, in last few days.
United States: Mount St. Helens, Washington State, placed on "very high" threat level as shockwaves rattle state.


TheeTurkey79 said...


Unknown said...

Newsbreak: 12y/o girl in custody for shooting in L.A.