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‘Heartbreak.’ Elected officials, others react to Marshall County High School shooting

Herald-Leader Staff Report

Shooting at high school in Kentucky, two dead

A fatal school shooting occurred at Marshall County High School on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Benton, Ky. Two students were killed and 17 others were injured. Police said a suspect was apprehended and the school was locked down.
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A fatal school shooting occurred at Marshall County High School on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Benton, Ky. Two students were killed and 17 others were injured. Police said a suspect was apprehended and the school was locked down.

Gov. Matt Bevin said a fatal shooting Tuesday at Marshall County High School is a “tremendous tragedy and speaks to the heartbreak present in our communities.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky tweeted that he was “closely tracking reports of the tragedy in Benton, #Kentucky at Marshall County High School and my thoughts are with the students, teachers, faculty, and the entire community. Thank you to the first responders who continue to put themselves in harm’s way to protect others.”

Bevin, McConnell and other public officials reacted on social media Tuesday to news of the shooting in Western Kentucky. Here is a sampling of that reaction:

Sen. Mitch McConnell while speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate reflected on the fatal shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. McConnell said his staff in western Kentucky was at the school and in close contact with local

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