Kentucky school shooting
Emergency crews respond to Marshall County High School after a fatal school shooting Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Benton, Ky. Authorities said a shooting suspect was in custody. (Ryan Hermens/The Paducah Sun via AP)

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — One person was killed and others were wounded as someone opened fire at a rural Kentucky high school Tuesday morning. Police said a suspect was apprehended and the school was locked down.

Nearly 100 children ran out of Marshall County High School seeking safety, said Mitchell Garland, who rushed outside of his business when he heard about the shooting.

“They was running and crying and screaming,” he said. “They was just kids running down the highway. They were trying to get out of there.”

Police said the school remains on lockdown. The FBI said it is working with state and local law enforcement to respond.

Two of the victims were taken to Nashville, Tennessee’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center, spokeswoman Tavia Smith said, about 120 miles (193 kilometers) away.

Federal authorities joined state and local law enforcement in responding to the shooting. Gov. Matt Bevin ran out a side door at the Capitol in Frankfort, saying he was headed to the school as well.

“It is unbelievable that this would happen in a small, close-knit community like Marshall County. As there is still much unknown, I encourage people to love each other,” Bevin said in a statement.

The scene of Tuesday’s shooting was chaotic, with parents and students rushing around trying to find each other, said Dusty Kornbacher, who owns a nearby floral shop.

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