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A 15 – year- old student killed two classmates and hit a dozen others with gunfire Tuesday , methodically firing a handgun inside a crowded atrium at his rural Kentucky high school .
“ He was determined . He knew what he was doing , ” said Alexandria Caporali , who grabbed her stunned friend and ran into a classroom as their classmates hit the floor .
“ It was one right after another — bang , bang , bang , bang , bang , ” she added . “ You could see his arm jerking as he was pulling the trigger . ”
He kept firing , she said , until he ran out of ammunition and took off running , trying to get away.
Police arrested their suspect moments later , leading him away in handcuffs to be charged with murder and attempted murder .
Authorities did not identify the gunman responsible for the nation’ s first fatal school shooting of 2018 , nor did they release any details about a motive .
Kentucky State Police Lt . Michael Webb said detectives are looking into his home and background.
“ He was apprehended by the sheriff ’ s department here on site , at the school , thankfully before any more lives could be taken, ” Webb said .
Seventeen students were injured , 12 of them hit with bullets and five others hurt in the scramble as hundreds of students fled for their lives from Marshall County High School .
Many jumped into cars, or ran across fields and down the highway , some not stopping until they reached a McDonald’ s restaurant more than a mile away.
Parents left their cars on both sides of an adjacent road , desperately trying to find their teenagers .

“ No one screamed . It was almost completely silent as people just ran , ” said Caporali , 16 . She said most students knew what to do because they are drilled throughout the year on how to respond to an active shooter at school .
The two fatalities were 15 years old : Bailey Nicole Holt died at the scene , and Preston Ryan Cope died later at a hospital , Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders said .
Cope was among six young men flown about 120 miles ( 193 kilometers ) to Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville , Tennessee . Sanders said the five others were in critical condition Tuesday night .
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and several people in Benton said they couldn ’ t believe a mass shooting would happen in their small , close -knit town . But many such shootings across the nation have happened in rural communities .

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