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2 killed, 1 injured in community college shooting in Kentucky

Joshua Ball/The Ashland Daily Independent via AP

Members of the Perry County Sheriff Office respond to the scene at Hazard Community College, Jan. 15, after a shooting at the school in Hazard, Ky. Authorities say two people were shot and killed and a teen was wounded in the parking lot.

Updated 12:50 a.m. ET: Two people were killed and a teenager was wounded in the parking lot of a Kentucky community college, authorities said.


The shooting took place before 6 p.m. at Hazard Community and Technical College, according to LEX18.com. The teenager was flown to the University of Kentucky hospital, 120 miles away.

Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen said the shooting could be could be related to a domestic situation, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. The suspect, identified by police as Dalton Stidham, turned himself in to Kentucky State Police, the Herald-Leader reported. Police said Stidham faced two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, according to WLEX TV.

Police identified the victims as Caitlin Cornett and her uncle, Jackie Cornett. The injured teen is Jackie Cornett's daughter, WLEX reported.

Caitlin Cornett was a student at the college, according to a WLEX reporter. Hazard Assistant Chief Joe Engle told the Herald-Leader that preliminary information indicated that Stidham and Caitlin Cornett had a child in common and were meeting in a parking lot of the school to exchange the child for visitation.

A notice on the school’s website said that an “incident” had occurred on campus, adding, “We ask that you please stay away from campus at this time.” 

The college's academic programs range from associate's degrees in arts and sciences to career-focused training in mining technology and heavy-equipment operation.

--The Associated Press and NBC's Denise Ono contributed reporting.