TOWNVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – 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.
Anderson Co. deputies say the shooting happened around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Anderson District 4 Superintendent Joanne Avery said it’s unclear how the shooter got into the school.
They say the staff and students were evacuated and the suspect was in custody within moments.
Two 6-year-old students and one teacher were hurt and taken to hospitals, according to Taylor Jones with Anderson Co. Emergency Services.
One student was shot in leg, another student shot in the foot and the teacher was shot in the shoulder, according to Garland Major with the Anderson Sheriff’s Department.
One child at AnMed is in critical condition.
A female teacher and a boy are at AnMed in non-critical condition.
The other child is at GHS.
Major says the teen was armed with a handgun.
There is a homicide at Osborne Rd. connected to the teen shooting suspect, according to the Anderson Co. Coroner.
The victim is 47-year-old Jeffrey Dwight Osborne found dead from a gunshot wound at a home, according to the coroner.
He says Osborne is the father of the suspected shooter. The homicide scene is about 3 miles from the school.
SC Gov. Nikki Haley released a statement on 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.”
Anderson District 4 Superintendent Joanne Avery said school has been cancelled for the rest of the week.