The editor of the Marshall County Daily Online raced to the county's high school Tuesday morning after reports that shots had been fired.
She arrived to discover that the alleged shooter was her own son, said her colleague Ann Beckett, who told Courier Journal she went to comfort the editor and take over the story.
Mulitple people who know the family or have direct knowledge of the incident confirmed the identity of the boy, 15-year-old Gabe Parker, who is accused of pulling out a handgun and fatally shooting two classmates and wounding 14 other people just before classes were to begin.
Parker's mother, Mary Garrison Minyard, declined to comment when she was approached at her home.
Family on the boy's father's side also declined to comment.