The Latest: Parents of boy shot at school remember their son

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Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the death of a 6-year-old boy who died after being wounded in a school shooting (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

The parents of a 6-year-old boy who died after he was wounded in a school shooting in South Carolina say the boy showed his family how to love, laugh and smile.

Jacob Hall died Saturday, days after authorities say he was critically injured when a teenager opened fire on a school playground. Jacob's parents said in a statement that their son has already forgiven the shooter because that's the kind of child he was.

Jacob has been surrounded by family at a hospital since the shooting Wednesday at Townville Elementary. A bullet struck Hall in a main artery in his leg, causing him to lose a lot of blood.

Authorities say another student and a first-grade teacher were also shot when a 14-year-old boy started firing a handgun. They were treated and released.

The teen has been charged as a juvenile and is being held in jail.

3:45 p.m.

A coroner says a 6-year-old boy has died days after he was critically wounded in a school shooting in South Carolina.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said Jacob Hall died about 1 p.m. Saturday. Jacob had been fighting for his life at a hospital since the shooting Wednesday at Townville Elementary School. A bullet struck Hall in a main artery in his leg, causing him to lose a lot of blood.

Authorities say another student and a first-grade teacher were also shot when a 14-year-old boy opened fire on a playground. They were treated and released.

Authorities say the teen killed his father before he drove to the school. He was charged as a juvenile Friday with murder and three counts of attempted murder.

Authorities have not released a motive.



Friday, Sept. 29, 2016

TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) - The superintendent of a South Carolina elementary school where a shooter opened fire says the staff and principal saved lives by flawlessly putting training into practice.

Anderson County 4 Superintendent Joanne Avery said Thursday that all the district's schools conducted active-shooter drills in August and Townville Elementary did another one just last week after a carjacking nearby.

Avery says the training kicked in as the gunman fired at a school door as a class left for recess and struck a first-grade teacher and two students. The injured teacher "was with-it enough" to close the door, lock it and get the students to safety.

Avery says the shooter then fired toward students on the playground but missed. A teacher who heard the first gunshot was able to get the students inside.

The superintendent says staff "put their fear to the side because they put those children first."

Authorities have not named the suspect or given his age other than to say that he is a teenager. But Avery says he attended Townville Elementary until fifth grade before transferring to a nearby district.


Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP/WRDW/WAGT) — The Latest on the shooting at an elementary school in South Carolina that left two students and a teacher wounded (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

Authorities say a volunteer firefighter confronted a teenager who shot a teacher and two students at an elementary school, holding him on the ground until police could arrest the teen.

Townville Fire Chief Billy McAdams said during a news conference Thursday that volunteer firefighter Jamie Brock was able to subdue the shooter while McAdams was inside tending to the wounded.

McAdams says Brock told him to go inside because McAdams is a trained paramedic. The chief says he and the school nurse, who had already been tending to the most gravely wounded student, continued tending to that boy until medics arrived to take him by helicopter to a hospital.

Brock subdued the shooter after he and McAdams found a pickup truck crashed into the playground area at the school.

12:45 p.m.

A South Carolina legislator says the 6-year-old boy in critical condition following a shooting outside his school was hit in a main artery and needed surgery.

Rep. Alan Clemmons says the bullet that hit Jacob Hall tore through his femoral artery, a main artery in the thigh. Clemmons says the boy had to be revived twice, once while being flown to a Greenville hospital and also during surgery after the shooting Wednesday at Townville Elementary.

Clemmons says on his Facebook page the boy required immediate chest surgery to stem the blood flow, and more surgery will be required once his condition stabilizes.

The hospital is expected to update his condition later Thursday.

Clemmons lives in Myrtle Beach. But he says Jacob is the nephew of his friends and former neighbors. He says the family asks for continued prayers.

Authorities say a teenager killed his father before driving to the school and opening fire. Another student and teacher were wounded. They have been treated and released.

12:20 p.m.

First responders are holding a news conference to discuss a shooting at a South Carolina elementary school where three people were wounded.

Fire officials said on a voicemail message they planned to speak with reporters at 1 p.m. at the Townville Fire Department.

Authorities have said a volunteer firefighter tackled the teen suspect after a shooting Wednesday afternoon at Townville Elementary School.

A teacher and one student were treated and released from a hospital. A second child is in critical condition Thursday.

A spokeswoman for the Anderson County Sheriff's Department said that agency had no news conferences planned and that its investigation is ongoing.

12:15 p.m.

The aunt of a teen suspected of killing his father, then wounding three people in a South Carolina elementary school shooting, says she wishes she could "turn back time."

Mitzi Clark Richards says in a statement provided to WHNS-TV (http://bit.ly/2dumk5i) that she has "no words to express the heartbreak" she feels after the shooting at Townville Elementary School. Richards also said the family planned to release another statement at a news conference later Thursday afternoon.

Richards' nephew is suspected of killing his father, then going several miles to the school, where he opened fire. A student and teacher were treated and released from the hospital. Another student remained in critical condition Thursday.

12 p.m.

The teacher who was wounded in a school shooting is in her 13th year of teaching.

Townville Elementary School's website says Meghan Hollingsworth has taught first grade since 2007.

Authorities say Hollingsworth was shot in the shoulder Wednesday by a teenager who killed his father before driving to the school and opening fire. A 6-year-old boy was wounded in the shooting and is in critical condition at a hospital. Hollingsworth and another boy who was wounded were treated and released from a hospital.

Hollingsworth has asked people coming to her home to respect her family's privacy. A note on her door says she's not interested in giving any interviews.

According to the school's website, she graduated from the College of Charleston in 2003 and earned her master's in 2007. Her husband is an engineering teacher at the career center for two nearby school districts. They have two children.

11:10 a.m.

A website set up to raise money for the care of a South Carolina boy hospitalized after being shot at his school has raised more than $13,000.

A GoFundMe page created by friends of Jacob Hall's family posted that amount as of Thursday morning. Organizers said they hoped to raise $50,000 to help pay for the boy's medical expenses.

Jacob remained in critical condition late Thursday morning at a hospital in Greenville. Hospital officials plan to update his status again Thursday afternoon.

A teacher and another student were treated for gunshot wounds and released from an Anderson hospital.

Officials say a teenager shot the students and the teacher outside the school after killing his father at their home.

11 a.m.

Authorities are not releasing 911 calls made after they say a teenager killed his father and opened fire at a South Carolina elementary school.

Anderson County Sheriff's Sgt. Laura Johnson said Thursday no audio is being released because it's an ongoing investigation. She did not know when the calls might be made public.

Authorities have said a Townville Elementary teacher called 911 as a teenager began shooting outside the school Wednesday afternoon. The teen was arrested within minutes.

One student remains in critical condition at a Greeneville hospital. Another student and a teacher were treated and released Wednesday from a hospital in Anderson.

Coroner Greg Shore said the teen's grandparents called 911 after finding their son, 47-year-old Jeffrey Osborne, dead in his home. They went to the home after receiving a call from the teen.

10:40 a.m.

Officials from the South Carolina school where two students and one teacher were wounded in a shooting are praising the "fearless" response of its teachers and staff.

Townville Elementary School also lauded first responders and community members who came to the aid of the school and its children during Wednesday's attack.

Anderson County sheriff's Lt. Sheila Cole says officers and forensic specialists were going back to the school Thursday morning to resume their investigation. Officials say a teenager shot the students and the teacher outside the school after killing his father at their home.

The statement said the school's staff and teachers have practiced drills to prepare for many different events, but it took "quick thinking and common sense to act once an actual event presents on campus."

10 a.m.

The mother of a teen accused of killing his father and wounding two students and a teacher at a South Carolina elementary school says his family is "shocked and saddened."

In a statement Pastor James South provided to local media outlets, Tiffney Osborne says the family "cannot express the devastation we feel at the loss of our beloved Jeff."

Authorities said the shooting began Wednesday afternoon at the teen's house about 2 miles from the school, where he gunned down his 47-year-old father, Jeffrey Osborne.

Authorities have not released the suspect's name or age beyond saying he's a teen. South says Tiffney Osborne found out about the shooting through media reports.

A volunteer firefighter tackled the teen suspect after the school shooting. A teacher and one student were treated and released from an Anderson hospital. A second child was in critical condition at a hospital in Greenville.

9:45 a.m.

The South Carolina teacher wounded in a school shooting says she does not want to talk to the media right now.

A note on the door of Townville Elementary School teacher Meghan Hollingsworth's home Thursday morning says her family appreciates people's concern. But she asks those coming to her home to respect their privacy. The note says she's not interested in giving any interviews.

Anderson County sheriff's officials say the teacher and two students were shot Wednesday afternoon by a teenager after he killed his father at their home. She and one of the students were treated and released from a hospital. The second student was in critical condition in Greenville Memorial Hospital.

A volunteer fighter responding to a dispatch call tackled the teen who deputies think did the shooting.

9:15 a.m.

Anderson County sheriff's deputies are returning to an elementary school where they say a teenager shot two students and a teacher after killing his father at their home.

Sheriff's Lt. Sheila Cole said officers and forensic specialists are going back to Townville Elementary School on Thursday morning to resume their investigation.

A volunteer firefighter tackled the teen suspect after the shooting Wednesday afternoon. A teacher and one student were treated and released from an Anderson hospital. A second child was in critical condition at a hospital in Greenville.

Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting.

Authorities believe the teen shot and killed his father before going to the school. Officials said the teen had called his grandparents just before going to the school. The grandparents went to the house and found the boy's father dead.

7 a.m.

Authorities say a volunteer firefighter stopped a teenager who shot three people outside a South Carolina elementary school after killing his father at home.

Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper says the shooter wounded two students and a teacher Wednesday afternoon outside rural Townville Elementary but was apprehended before he could get inside the building.

Skipper says firefighter Jamie Brock "just took him down." Brock is a 30-year veteran of the Townville Volunteer Fire Department just down the road from the school and arrived before other officers responding to a 911 call from the school.

Deputies arrived minutes later.

Authorities say they don't yet know a motive for the shooting and they weren't sure if the students and teacher were targeted.

5:30 a.m.

State Representative Alan Clemmons is posting public updates to his Facebook page about a 6-year-old in critical condition at a Greenville hospital.

A friend of the family, Clemmons said a bullet ripped through Jacob Hall's femoral artery. Clemmons said Hall died twice and was revived, during transport to the hospital and again during surgery.

Clemmons said Hall remains in ICU where a team of doctors are working to stabilize him. Once stabilized, Hall will have to undergo surgery again.

Investigators said that a teen killed his father and then went on a shooting rampage at a South Carolina elementary school playground on Wednesday; wounding Hall, one other student, and a teacher.

The teacher and the other student have since been released from an Anderson hospital. Officials are not releasing the teenage shooter's name or age.

2:50 a.m.

Authorities say a volunteer firefighter stopped a teenager who shot two students and a teacher outside a South Carolina elementary school after killing his father at home.

Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper says the shooter wounded the students and the teacher Wednesday afternoon outside rural Townville Elementary but was apprehended before he could get inside the building.

Skipper says firefighter Jamie Brock "just took him down." Brock is a 30-year veteran of the Townville Volunteer Fire Department just down the road from the school and arrived before other officers responding to a 911 call from the school.

Deputies arrived minutes later.

Authorities say they don't yet know a motive for the shooting and they weren't sure if the students and teacher were targeted.



Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

9:30 p.m.

Authorities say the grandparents of a teenager suspected of opening fire outside an elementary school in South Carolina found their son dead after receiving a call from the teen.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore says the teenager called his grandmother's cellphone at 1:44 p.m. Wednesday, but he was so upset, she couldn't understand him. So the grandparents went to his home just 100 yards away. When they got there, they found 47-year-old Jeffrey Osborne shot and their grandson not there.

Authorities say a teacher called 911 about a shooter at Townville Elementary about a minute after the teen called his grandmother.

Officials are not releasing the teen's name or age.

One boy remains in critical condition at a Greenville hospital. A teacher and another student were treated and released from an Anderson hospital.

8:30 p.m.

A Greenville hospital has identified the student in critical condition after a teen opened fire at a South Carolina elementary school playground.

Spokeswoman Sandy Dees says Jacob Hall remained in critical condition at the Greenville Health System Children's Hospital as of 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The boy's parents, Rodger and Renae Hall, say in a statement that they appreciate the community's support, especially emergency responders who treated Jacob onsite and brought him to the hospital. Although they appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers, they ask for privacy.

The hospital hopes to update Jacob's condition by 11 a.m. Thursday.

Jacob was flown to Greenville after the shooting at Townville Elementary. A teacher and another student were treated and released from a hospital in Anderson.


7 p.m.

The teen who police believe fatally shot his father and then opened fire at an elementary school was never actually able to get inside the school building.

Anderson County Sheriff's Lt. Sheila Cole said the teen was apprehended Wednesday by veteran firefighter Jamie Brock, and she confirmed news reports that the shooter was never able to make it inside the school.

Authorities did not reveal the teen's age at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, and Cole says she doesn't have his age.

The Anderson Independent-Mail quotes Anderson County Sheriff Chief Deputy Keith Smith as saying the teen is 14 and could be charged as a minor.


6:30 p.m.

A hospital official says a teacher and a child brought there following a shooting at a South Carolina elementary school have both been released.

AnMed Health spokeswoman Juana Slade had earlier told The Associated Press that the hospital had received one adult female and one male child, and that both were in good condition.

Authorities say a female teacher and two male students were wounded in the shooting.

Greenville News reported earlier Wednesday that a 6-year-old child was airlifted to Greenville Memorial and was in critical condition. Greenville Memorial spokeswoman Sandy Dees has confirmed that a child was taken to the hospital, but would not release any further information.


5:15 p.m.

Authorities say they believe the teenage male who was taken into custody following a shooting at a South Carolina elementary school first fatally shot his father. The Anderson County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Jeffrey Osborne, 47.

Capt. Garland Major told a news conference that the shooter used a handgun and that one of the students was shot in the leg and the other in the foot. He said a female teacher was shot in the shoulder during Wednesday's shooting at Townville Elementary School. The alleged shooter was apprehended by a firefighter on school grounds.

Nikki Haley will not have a news conference at 6 p.m. She will be meeting with law enforcement around that time when she gets into town. The next news conference is set for 9 p.m. Wednesday. It's unclear whether Gov. Haley will speak then.

There were about 285 students were at Townville Elementary at time of shooting, according to the school superintendent. Townville Elementary has cameras that could help with investigation.

The Anderson County School Superintendent said school has been canceled for the rest of the week.

4:30 p.m.

A hospital official says a teacher and a child brought there following a shooting at a South Carolina elementary school are both in good condition.

Asked about shooting victims brought to AnMed Health, spokeswoman Juana Slade told The Associated Press that the hospital had received one adult female and one male child, and that both were in good condition.

Authorities had said previously that one teacher and two students were wounded in the shooting.

Greenville News is reporting that a 6-year-old child was airlifted to Greenville Memorial and is in critical condition. Greenville Memorial spokeswoman Sandy Dees confirmed that a child had been flown to the hospital, but would not release any further information.

Governor Nikki Haley released the following statement in response to the shooting in Townville, S.C.:


"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."

4 p.m.
A law enforcement officer says that a shooting at a South Carolina elementary school has left two students and a teacher wounded.

A law enforcement official has said the shooting happened at the Townville Elementary School on Wednesday and that a teen suspect is in custody. He says all other students are safe and have been evacuated to a nearby church.

According to the NBC affiliate in Greenville, the coroner's office said a man was found dead at the home, and that he died before the shooting at the school. Investigators confirmed that the death has a "direct connection" to the shooting at the school.




3:15 p.m.

A coroner says that the injuries of two students from a shooting at a South Carolina elementary school do not appear to be life-threatening.

Coroner Greg Shore gave the information to the Greenville News and Independent Mail.

A law enforcement official has said the shooting happened at the Townville Elementary School on Wednesday and that a teen suspect is in custody. He says all other students are safe and have been evacuated to a nearby church.

3 p.m.

A law enforcement officer says that a shooting at a South Carolina elementary school has left two students and a teacher wounded.

The unidentified officer says the shooting took place at the Townville Elementary School in Townville, South Carolina, and that all other students are safe and being evacuated to a nearby church.

2:45 p.m.
TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A law enforcement officer says two students and a teacher have been wounded and flown to hospitals after a shooting at a South Carolina elementary school.

Speaking on live television, the unidentified officer said all other students at the Townville Elementary School were safe following the shooting Wednesday and that parents are being told to pick up their children at a nearby church.

The school is located near the Georgia state line.

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