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The school shooting Tuesday in Benton, Ky, is the eleventh school shooting this year … and it’s only Jan. 24.

The New York Times says the shooting, that killed two students and injured 20, is roughly the 50th shooting during this academic year.

RELATED: Details of Kentucky Shooting

“Some of the shootings at schools this year were suicides that injured no one else; some did not result in any injuries at all. But in the years since the massacres at Columbine High School in Colorado, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., gun safety advocates say, all school shootings seem to have lost some of their capacity to shock,” the Times reported.

Here’s what we know so far about the Kentucky shooting

Panic in a small town

According to the Associated Press, “some of the shootings at schools this year were suicides that injured no one else; some did not result in any injuries at all. But in the years since the massacres at Columbine High School in Colorado, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., gun safety advocates say, all school shootings seem to have lost some of their capacity to shock.”

Suspect is 15

The suspect is a 15-year-old boy who was arrested at the school by a deputy, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. The boy will be charged with two counts of murder and multiple counts of attempted murder, said Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders.

The case against the suspect will begin in juvenile court, which is closed to the public and the records sealed under Kentucky law. Prosecutors will request a judge move it to adult court, at which point the details will no longer be secret.

RELATED: 2 dead in Kentucky shooting

‘No one screamed’

“No one screamed,” said 16-year-old Alexandria Caporali, recounting the moment her high school became the site of the latest American mass shooting. “It was almost completely silent as people just ran.”

International attention

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued condolences to the victims.

“Our hearts go out to Kentuckians, and to all those affected by this tragedy,” Trudeau said in a tweet.

Shooting is near site of other shooting

Benton is about thirty minutes away from Paducah. The young suspect from Tuesday’s shooting is actually being held in a juvenile jail there.

In December 1997, 14-year-old Michael Carneal opened fire at Heath High School during a prayer circle. Three students were killed.

The Paducah shooting, which was two years before the Columbine shooting in Colorado, was considered a rare event at the time.



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