Teen Charged In South Carolina Elementary School Shooting

The teenager was arrested on Wednesday after police said he crashed a pickup truck into a fence around Townville Elementary School and then shot and wounded two students and a teacher.

Prior to that, he had shot and killed his father, 47-year-old Jeffrey Osborne, as the man watched television at their home about 2 miles from the school, according to authorities.

The shooting was the latest at a U.S. school to stoke debate about access to guns. Many schools have bolstered security since 2012 when a gunman shot and killed 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Six-year-old Jacob Hall, one of the students who was shot at Townville Elementary, remained in critical condition at a local children’s hospital on Friday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

His family said he is on life support after a bullet tore his femoral artery, causing blood loss that led to a “major brain injury.”

“We are hanging on every second,” said his uncle, Johnny Bridges, reading a statement to reporters on Thursday evening. “Please continue to pray for Jacob and the other victims of this horrible, senseless crime.”

The teacher, Meghan Hollingsworth, and another boy, also aged six, were less badly hurt.

Jamie Brock, an unarmed volunteer firefighter, pinned down the shooter until police arrived, Billy McAdams, chief of the Townville Volunteer Fire Department told a news conference.

Authorities said they did not know of any link between the shooter, who was home-schooled, and the victims.

Citing the aunt of a 6-year-old girl who witnessed the attack, the Greenville News reported that the suspect said, “I hate my life,” before firing a handgun at the school.

(Additional reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee and Ian Simpson in Washington; Editing by Bernadette Baum, Lisa Shumaker and David Gregorio)

Article source: