TOWNVILLE, SC (WCSC/WHNS) - Authorities say a student is in critical condition following a shooting at an Upstate school that injured two students and a teacher.
School has been canceled at Townville Elementary School for the rest of the week after deputies said a 14-year-old opened fire inside the school.
Deputies said two boys, both students at the school, and an adult teacher were shot. One student was airlifted to the Greenville Hospital System pediatric trauma unit. He was shot in the leg and a GHS spokesperson confirmed he was in critical condition on Wednesday night. Family identified him as Jacob Hall.
We appreciate the community's support, especially the Townville Rescue Squad who treated Jacob onsite and brought him to the hospital," said Rodger and Renae Hall, Jacob's parents. "We appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers and ask for privacy during this difficult time."
The second student and the teacher were taken to AnMed Health System. MedShore Ambulance Service said the child taken to Greenville was in serious condition and the two patients at AnMed were in stable condition as of 4:30 p.m. As of 6 p.m. officials at AnMed said the child, who was shot in the foot, and the teacher, shot in the shoulder, had both been released from the hospital.
Dr. Tom Dobbins, chairman of District 4, said it doesn't appear the shooter was related to the shooting victims at the school. He said he believes it was an opportunistic attack since the students were outside. Both students are in kindergarten.
aylor Jones, Anderson County Emergency Services Director, said a teacher called 911 from a classroom at 1:45 p.m. to report that a male was shooting at the school.
Firefighters were first to arrive and deputies were on scene within 7 minutes, school officials said.
The shooting took place on the playground, behind the school, deputies said. The suspect never made it inside the building. Deputies said the teen drove a Dodge Ram onto school property, and then jumped a fence and ran onto the playground.
Dr. Joanne Avery, Anderson County District 4 Superintendent, said staff had undergone active shooter training and, along with first responded, put that training into action.
"We are heartbroken by this senseless act of violence but are so thankful for the quick response from law enforcement and staff," Avery said. "The quick response saved lives."
Jones said a Townville volunteer firefighter engaged the armed teenager, "took him down," and held him until deputies arrived.
Chief Deputy Ken Smith with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office said the shooting took place on the playground behind the school. The suspect never entered the building.
Students and staff were evacuated from the school as deputies and SWAT team members were evacuated from the school and the students were transported to Oakdale Baptist Church on nearby Highway 24 to pick up their children. Students are being transported from the school by bus to that location.
Captain Garland Major with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office said the teen suspect's father was also found dead in his home on Osborne Road Wednesday afternoon. Coroner Greg Shore said 47-year-old Jeffrey Osborne was found shot to death. The home is less than three miles from the school, which is located at 105 Townville School Road near Lake Hartwell.
Major did not know if the suspect and the school victims were related.
The suspect's name and has not been released.
Oconee County deputies, The South Carolina Highway Patrol and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division were also called in to assist Wednesday afternoon.
Deputies said the investigation into the incident would likely take several weeks.