First-grader Jacob Hall is fighting for his life after the latest school shooting, this time at an elementary school in South Carolina. A bullet struck the 6-year-old Townville Elementary School student in the leg earlier this week, causing massive blood loss and leading to a "major brain injury." Another boy and a first-grade teacher were also wounded at the school, which is about 100 miles northeast of Atlanta.
The shooter, who himself is only 14 years old, had fatally shot his father, Jeffrey DeWitt Osborne, 47, at their home earlier that day. The teen, whose identity is being withheld due to his age, then crashed a pickup truck into the fence surrounding the Townville Elementary School's playground.
A relative of one of the child witnesses said the shooter, who was not a student at the school and had no connection to it or the victims, said, "I hate my life," before opening fire with a handgun, the Greenville News reported. The shooter's grandmother told authorities that he was emotional when he called before the shooting, authorities told reporters. The teen had been homeschooled.
A longtime volunteer for Townville's all-volunteer fire department is credited with stopping the teen from shooting at others. Jamie Brock, one of the first responders on the scene, was apparently unarmed when he pinned the boy down until police arrived. Brock has declined all interviews, saying the focus should be on Hall and the other two victims.
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When teen had called his grandmother earlier that day, she reportedly “could not make out what he was saying because he was crying and upset, and so they went to the house, and that’s when she discovered her son and called 911,” coroner Greg Shore told reporters, according to Reuters.
In a statement released to the media yesterday, the teen's mother offered no additional details, but apologized to the victims. “Our entire family is absolutely shocked and saddened by the senseless actions of our son and grandson,” the statement said.
Friends of the Halls have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to help cover expenses while the family focuses on their son.