HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– Kentucky State Police are investigating a shooting at a school parking lot in Harlan County.
It happened just after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night at Cawood Elementary School.
Police say several people were in the school parking lot when shots were fired.
Austin Brown, 20, of Cawood was struck in the eye as a result of multiple rounds of gunfire. Brown was later transported to UK Hospital for his injuries. He is listed in serious condition.
A second gunshot victim, a 15-year-old female, sustained a gunshot wound to the hip area possibly from a pellet from a shotgun. This juvenile female’s parents were notified, responded to the scene, and made a decision to not seek immediate medical attention.
KSP says during the shooting two small buildings owned by Cawood Elementary School suffered minor property damage as a result of stray gunshots striking the buildings. The actual Cawood Elementary School building was not struck by gunshots during the incident.
Although no students were in the building during the time of the shooting, custodian/maintenance personnel were working inside the school.
No arrests have been made at this time. KSP Detectives from Post 10 are working to identify those involved in the shooting which could lead to multiple arrests.
KSP can confirm this was an isolated incident and although the event took place on school property the school itself was not a target. KSP have gathered information regarding the incident and are confident this incident was not related to the school.