Documents: SC school shooting suspect alluded to Emanuel AME shooting during confession

Documents: SC school shooting suspect alluded to Emanuel AME shooting during confession
Mother Emanuel AME Church (Source: Live 5)
Mother Emanuel AME Church (Source: Live 5)

TOWNVILLE, SC (WCSC/WHNS) - Court documents released in connection with a September 2016 school shooting in Townville, South Carolina show the suspect alluded to the Emanuel AME shooting during his confession.

The teenager, who was 14 years old at the time of the incident, is charged with two counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and five counts of a weapons charge.  Investigators said he shot his father to death on Sept. 28, 2016, before driving to Townville Elementary School's playground and opening fire, wounding two 6-year-old students, hurting a third student, and shooting a first-grade teacher.

The victims were later identified as 47-year-old Jeffrey Osborne and 6-year-old Jacob Hall.

The 46-page transcript came from a video of the confession and was obtained by WHNS-TV. The defense attorney for the suspect argued the confession should not be allowed.

The judge said the suspect volunteered his confession and allowed it to be used in court.

In the document, the suspect tells investigators that he had faced bullying and was angry.

Below are excerpts from the transcript:

Suspect: "There's is a bunch of crazy stuff on my Instagram because last few months I've just been—"

In this passage, he refers to the shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston on June 17, 2018. In that incident, Dylann Roof opened fire at the church after a Wednesday night Bible study, killing nine parishioners including the church's pastor:

Suspect: "Because nothing ever happened in this area."
Officer: "God's got a plan for all of us. We don't know what it is."

A court hearing continued Tuesday to decide whether the teen will be charged as an adult in the case. Video of the sheriff's office's interview with the suspect was played during the hearing, but the media was not allowed to view the recording, according to WHNS.

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