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Gabriel R. Parker, 15, is charged with two counts of murder and fourteen counts of first degree assault. (Photo courtesy of WPSD via WZTV)

Police identify Kentucky high school shooter accused of killing 2

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By Kaylin Jorge, Katie Grunik

BENTON, Ky. (WZTV) — Kentucky State Police have identified the teen shooter accused of killing two people and injuring others at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky last month.

Gabriel R. Parker, 15, is charged with two counts of Murder and fourteen counts of First Degree Assault. Law enforcement officials did not previously release his name because the case was in juvenile court. On Friday, the case was transferred to circuit court, and the teen was arraigned on murder and assault charges.

The KSP said Bailey Holt, 15, and Preston Ryan Cope, 15 were killed in the shooting. Another 18 students, ranging in age from 14 to 18, were injured, more than a dozen of them from gunshot wounds.

(Left) Bailey Holt and (Right) Preston Ryan Cope, both 15, died in the Marshall County High Schools shooting. (Photos via MGN Online/Facebook/CNN

Since the shooting, the high school has begun using metal detectors as an added security precaution.

A statement from the Marshall County school district that says staff would begin using metal detector wands to check students as they pass through one of four entrances into the building.

Last week, the school began requiring that all students have their bags, backpacks and purses checked before entering the building.

The juvenile detention center is awaiting confirmation of Parker's indictment before releasing his mug shot. Fox 17 News will post his mug shot photo as soon as it becomes available.

Read the full indictment for Parker below:

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Gabriel Parker Indictment by Anonymous GF8PPILW5 on Scribd


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