On Wednesday afternoon, two children and a teacher were shot at an elementary school in Anderson County, South Carolina.
According to Greenvilleonline, Townville Elementary School was targeted by a teenager armed with a handgun, who was caught within minutes.
One female teacher who was wounded; she is in good condition, according AnMed Health, one child who was hit was in good condition, but another child was taken to the Pediatric Center at Greenville Health System. Schoolchildren were taken to Oak Dale Baptist Church in Townville; all of them were picked up and taken home. The line of tearful parents in cars stretched for more than a half-mile.
A man named Jeffrey D. Osborne, who was apparently the father of the suspected gunman, according to Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore, was found dead at a residence near the school. The suspect was home-schooled , according to Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Garland Major
Rev. Kyle Caudell, pastor of Double Springs Baptist Church and chaplain for the local fire department, said, “There were some heroes here today,” acknowledging an off-duty police officer “subdued” the shooter. Anderson County Deputy Chief Keith Smith said the hero was volunteer firefighter who responded to the school after the shooting; Smith said the shooter never entered the school.
The staff of the school had recently executed a drill for just such a situation, said Caudell, adding, “Everything went off just like clockwork. It could have been a ton worse.”
Anderson District 4 Superintendent Joanne Avery said anyone entering the building has to be admitted through the schools “airlock” system that requires staff to unlock the inner door,
Governor Nikki Haley stated: “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.”
Townville Elementary School has 286 students in pre-kindergarten through 6th grade.