2 dead, 17 injured in Kentucky school firing

A 15-year-old student opened fire in Kentucky's Marshall County High School, killing two of his classmates and injuring 17 more, in yet another case of a school shooting in the country.

The incident occurred when the student entered the school at 8 am local time with a handgun and then started firing indiscriminately, leading to casualties.

According to Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, the suspect, who was not identified, was taken into the juvenile custody in a "nonviolent apprehension", as reported by the New York Times.

The Ellis County district attorney's office has charged the student with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

His two classmates, a boy and girl, both 15 years, succumbed to their injuries later in the hospital. The injured students are being treated and is said to be out of danger.

"These children belong to this community, and to specific families in this community. And this is a wound that is going to take a long time to heal, and for some in this community, will never fully heal," said Bevin.

This was the second school shooting incident this week.

On Monday, a 15-year-old Italian girl was hospitalised after her 16-year-old classmate shot her in Texas, according to local news reports.

That suspect was taken into police custody by the Ellis County Sheriff's Department. The girl is recovering according to the local authorities.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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