An article about the Kentucky shooting:
Vocabulary to help you understand the article:
a suspect - someone thought to have committed a crime. The young man has not been given a trial yet, so they have to refer to him as a suspect.
gunfire had broken out - this is a useful idiom. A fight broke out. Gunfire broke out. A riot broke out. Often times something violent 'breaks out'.
to remain in custody - he is being held by the police
to support trying him as an adult - this shooting was so terrible that they do not want this young man to go to a juvenile court (a place where young people are put on trial). They want to treat him as an adult even though he is only 15. If he were to go to a juvenile court, his punishment would not be very severe. If they try him as an adult, he might be placed in jail for his entire life.
to barge into - to enter a place forcefully
unleashing a hail of bullets - shooting many bullets. If you have a dog and you are walking the dog publicly, you have to have the dog on a leash. A leash is a long piece of material attached to the dog's collar. To unleash a dog is to let it run wild. So if you unleash bullets, you let them fly all over the place.
chaos - confusion, a lack of order
he peered into - he looked into, he stared into
to flee - to run away from
he kept to himself - he didn't talk to other people that much
he was charged with 4th degree assault - to be charged means to be formally accused by the police. 4th degree assault indicates how severe the assault was. Assault is when one person attacks another.
disorderly conduct - it means that he was allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge than assault. Sometimes if a person does not have a criminal record, or if the person is well-educated or has a good job, the judge will show mercy and drop the charges to something lesser. Disorderly conduct means acting badly.
controlling - he liked to have his way, he wanted things to be done his way.
a petition for a domestic violence order - if a woman is afraid of her husband, she can ask a judge to offer her protection through an order to the husband that he must not hurt his wife. If the judge provides or issues this order and the husband violates it, he has now committed a very serious crime and he will be punished even more severely.