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At least 2 students dead, 19 injured in shooting at Kentucky high school

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  • At least two people died and 19 others were injured Tuesday morning after a shooting at Marshall County High School in Kentucky.
  • Police apprehended a 15-year-old male student at the scene.
  • Police are still trying to determine the shooter's motive.

A 15-year-old boy opened fire at a Kentucky high school Tuesday, killing at least two students and injuring 19 more, Gov. Matt Bevin said during a press conference.

Authorities have not yet determined the shooter's motive, but police said officers apprehended him at the scene and he remains in custody.

The injured victims were transported to local hospitals, where 14 of the students were treated for gunshot wounds. Both of the students killed, one male and one female, were 15 years old.

Marshall County High School, about 200 miles southwest of Louisville, was locked down while police investigated.

In a tweet, Bevin called for unity and caution as the authorities try to determine what happened.

"This is a tremendous tragedy and speaks to the heartbreak present in our communities. It is unbelievable that this would happen in a small, close-knit community like Marshall County," Bevin said. "As there is still much unknown, I encourage people to love on each other at this time. Do not speculate, but come alongside each other in support and allow the facts to come out."

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Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said he sent staff members to the high school.

"I know I speak for communities across my home state in sending prayers of comfort and healing to students, faculty, and everyone affected," he said on the Senate floor. "Our hearts are with the entire community of Marshall County, and our gratitude is with the first responders, who rushed into harm's way."

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky also tweeted his condolences.

"Deeply saddened by the tragic news out of Benton, KY this morning and closely monitoring the situation," Paul said. "We mourn the lost and are praying for those who were injured, as well as their families, friends, and the heroic first responders."

Witnesses described a chaotic scene as students frantically tried to seek cover as they heard gunfire erupt.

Greg Rodgers, a junior, was just arriving to school when he noticed something was wrong.

"I pulled off to the side of the road because everyone was running to the main road," Rodgers told NBC News. "I asked my friend what was going on and he told me that there was a school shooting. I was shocked. He said that someone had just shot up the school."

The incident in Kentucky was the second US school shooting in as many days. A 15-year-old girl in Italy, Texas was shot and injured by her 16-year-old classmate in the high school cafeteria on Monday.