HALLS OF HORROR: At least one dead as gunman opens fire at rural Kentucky school

BENTON, KY — One victim is confirmed dead and more than a dozen others wounded after police say a gunman opened fire inside a southwest Kentucky school.

The incident, which occurred at Marshall County High School just after 9 am Tuesday morning, rocked the sleepy community located about 100 miles northwest of Nashville.

“Everyone is just scared. Just terrified for their kids,” local small business owner Mitchell Garland told the Associated Press. “We’re a small town and we know a lot of the kids.”

It is not yet known what led to the shooting, but investigators have confirmed that the alleged assailant has been taken into custody.

No information on the injured or dead has yet been released.

Terrified parents were seen quarreling with police officials after being turned away from the school, unable to collect their children, due to the campus’s being placed on emergency lockdown.

“Parents are being asked not to try and pick up students from Marshall County High School,” reported The Marshall County Tribune-Courier. “We have been told there have been arguments between law enforcement and parents trying to get inside. The school remains on lockdown and no one is being allowed inside either entrance. Two Air Evac helicopters have landed in the past few minutes.”

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin asked that the public allow investigators to do their jobs.

“Tragic shooting at Marshall County HS…Shooter is in custody, one confirmed fatality, multiple others wounded…Much yet unknown…Please do not speculate or spread hearsay…Let’s let the first responders do their job and be grateful that they are there to do it for us…,” Bevin tweeted.

President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting, the White House has confirmed, and is receiving regular updates on the investigation.

The shooting comes just one day after another school shooting in rural Texas, where a female student was wounded after being shot by an assailant in the school’s cafeteria. The suspect in that matter was quickly taken into custody.

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COUNTRY MUSIC ICON GLEN CAMPBELL DEAD AT 81

NASHVILLE, TN — Country music pioneer Glen Campbell has died, the singer’s family has confirmed. He was 81.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease,” the family announced in a released statement on Tuesday.

Campbell, best known for his hits “Southern Nights” and “Rhinestone Cowboy”, won five Grammys, sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and recorded 75 chart topping hits over the course of his career.

News of the country star’s passing resulted in an outpouring of heartbreak on social media from celebrities who considered Campbell a legend in the country music industry.

“Thank you Glen Campbell for sharing your talent with us for so many years
May you rest in peace my friend. You will never be forgotten,” Charlie Daniels wrote on Twitter.

“Very sad day as one of the world’s greatest voices has fallen silent this side of heaven. Thank you Glen Campbell for the gift you gave us,” tweeted Steven Curtis Chapman.

“Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time. I will always love you, Glen!” Dolly Parton said in a video uploaded to her Twitter and Facebook page.

In an interview in April, Campbell’s wife Kim spoke of his faith, which he had developed after years of battling drugs and alcohol. “Faith has always been the central part of our relationship. I’m so pleased that as Glen has entered the later stages of this illness, it’s evident that he has retained his awareness of God. That really comforts me to know that he has that sense of God’s presence in his life, that he’s not alone,” she said.

Campell is survived by his wife, Kim, and their three children, Cal, Shannon and Ashley; his children from previous marriages, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon; 10 grandchildren, great and great-great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara, Sandra, and Jane; and brothers John Wallace “Shorty” and Gerald.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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