A 15-year-old Western Kentucky student will face adult murder and assault charges in the Marshall County High School shooting after an arraignment Friday.
The name of Gabriel R. Parker, 15, was released Friday. As a juvenile in the court system, his name wasn’t previously officially released but it had been widely circulated.
State police said Parker was indicted on two counts of murder and 14 counts of first-degree assault after a grand jury considered the adult charges Tuesday.
Prosecutors have said since early on in the investigation that they planned to have him tried as an adult.
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The hearing Friday was closed to the public.
The shooting at Marshall County High School Jan. 23 left Preston Cope and Bailey Holt, both 15, dead. More than two dozen students, many of them shot, were injured in the shooting.
Witnesses said Parker appeared to fire at random into a crowd of students in the common area, then they said he went into another room in the school and spoke to classmates as though nothing had occurred.
The shooting occurred at 7:57 a.m., and Parker was taken into custody within minutes of the arrival of first responders at 8:06 a.m.
The handgun used in the shooting was recovered from school grounds.
The Courier-Journal reported that Parker’s bond is set at $1.5 million. He has been held in a juvenile detention facility.
On Wednesday, a school shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., left 17 people dead. The alleged shooter, Nikolaus Cruz, 19, was a former student who had been identified as a possible threat to the school in the past. He was arrested afterward and was said to have confessed to police.
Associated Press contributed to this story.