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2 Dead, 1 Wounded in Hazard, Kentucky Shooting; Suspect Dalton Stidham Surrenders

January 16, 2013 by Brett Wilkins in Crime & Punishment with 0 Comments
Caitlin (L), Jackie and Taylor Cornett. (Photo: Kentucky.com)

Caitlin (L), Jackie and Taylor Cornett. (Photo: Kentucky.com)

Two people are dead and another critically wounded after a gunman opened fire in the parking lot of a community college in Kentucky.

The shooter, identified by the Lexington Herald-Leader as 21-year-old Dalton Stidham, allegedly shot and killed 20-year-old Catilin Cornett and her uncle, 53-year-old Jackie Cornett, as they sat in a car in a parking lot at Hazard Community and Technical College just before 6 p.m. Tuesday. Jackie’s daughter, 12-year-old Taylor Cornett, was critically injured and rushed to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

Dalton Stidham

Dalton Stidham

College President Stephen Greiner told the Associated Press that there were about 30 students on campus at the time of the shooting. The school went into lockdown following the incident, with students kept inside until after 7 p.m. as authorities made sure the campus was secure.

According to police, Stidham and Cornett had a child together and were meeting in the parking lot for a visitation exchange. Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen said that the shooting “could be related to a domestic-type situation… not related to the school in any way.”

Allen said police recovered a semi-automatic pistol believed to have been used in the shooting.

Stidham turned himself in to Kentucky State Police after the shooting. He has been charged with two counts of murder, one related to domestic violence, as well as one count of attempted murder.

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