Update: Three people to appear in court after shooting on school property

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HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - 12-26-18 Update
The three men charged in a Harlan County shooting will appear in court on January 2nd.

The men, Daniel Hensley, Robert Middleton, and James Brown, face charges including attempted murder.

12-18-18 Update:

Three people were arrested Tuesday in connection with a shooting on Cawood Elementary School’s property in Harlan County.

Officers arrested Daniel Hensley, 21, and Robert Middleton, 27, and James Brown, 20, in the Cawood community.

All three were charged with attempted murder, wanton endangerment and several other charges.

Troopers say more arrests are pending in this case and it is still under investigation.

All three men are in the Harlan County Detention Center.

12-12-18 Update:
We are learning more about a shooting Tuesday night in Harlan County.

We're told Austin Brown, 20, of Cawood, was the person hit in the eye when shots were fired in the parking lot of Cawood Elementary School.

"It appears that that male individual was at the parking lot, struck by gunfire in the eye," says Trooper Shane Jacobs.

He was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and at last check is in serious condition.

A second victim, a 15 year old girl, was shot in the hip during in the shooting, but was not seriously injured. Police say the girl's parents came and took her home without going to the hospital.

We're told two small buildings owned by the school were damaged by stray gunshots. No students were inside the main school building at the time, but several staff members were. They were not injured. The main building was not hit by the gunfire.

Administration officials say Cawood Elementary was closed Wednesday, but will be open Thursday and Friday, with increased law enforcement presence to ease students' minds.

"We had two primary concerns when we cancelled school. One was to give K-S-P ample opportunity to process the scene. And, the second was to make sure our kids didn't arrive at school today and parents be concerned," says Brent Roark, Harlan County Schools Superintendent.

Officials want to stress this was an isolated incident and not related to the school.

"This was an event that occurred between individuals that live in that community. It did not involve the school. Unfortunately, some of the activities did occur on school property. That is how the school kind of got involved," says Roark.

State Police are still working to identify those involved in the shooting. At this point, no arrests have been made.

Original Story:
Kentucky State Police are investigating a shooting in Harlan County.

Troopers said there were several people in the Cawood Elementary School parking lot when shots were fired.

They said one person was hit in the eye and taken to a local hospital.

Kentucky State Police are on the scene and said this is not school related.

Harlan County Public Schools posted on Facebook Tuesday night. They decided to close Cawood Elementary School on Wednesday as a precaution.

We will continue to update this story as we learn more information.

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