Town officials and law enforcement spoke at a news conference Wednesday, providing preliminary details on a shooting at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina, where two children and a teacher were injured. Video by PBS NewsHour
Jacob Hall, 6, died Saturday several days after a shooting at Townville Elementary School in Anderson County, South Carolina.
A second student and a teacher were also wounded after a teenager opened fire at the school on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. A 14-year-old suspect has been charged with murder and three counts of attempted murder and appeared in court on Friday.
Capt. Garland Major of the Anderson County sheriff’s office told reporters that the shooter, armed with a handgun, was taken into custody within minutes of officers arriving at the scene.
The captain said one student was shot in the leg, while another was shot in the foot. The third victim, a female teacher, was wounded in the shoulder.
A body found nearly two miles from school is believed to be the shooter’s father, police said. The teen apparently shot and killed his 47-year-old father around 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday before descending on the school to continue the carnage.
Shortly after the shooting, students and teachers were evacuated by bus to a nearby church. All three people injured in the shooter were transported to a nearby trauma center, WYFF TV reported
“My heart is sick for Anderson & South Carolina. Praying initial reports of no loss of life remain true & for those injured and their families,” Sen. Tim Scott tweeted.
My heart is sick for Anderson&South Carolina.Praying initial reports of no loss of life remain true & for those injured and their families
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) September 28, 2016
Gov. Nikki Haley released a statement following the shooting.
“As we work together with law enforcement to make sure they have the support they need to investigate what happened in Townville, Michael and I ask that everyone across South Carolina join us in praying for the entire Townville Elementary School family and those touched by today’s tragedy,” the governor said.
The school is located in a small hamlet nearby the Georgia state line. It houses nearly 280 students in pre-kindergarten to sixth-grade classes.