Suspect in elementary school shooting had been expelled for bringing hatchet to school



TOWNVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Anderson Co. deputies say there was a shooting at Townville Elementary school around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Anderson District 4 Superintendent Joanne Avery said one teen suspect is in custody and there is no longer an active threat.

She says say they don’t know how the shooter got into the school.

They say the staff and students were evacuated and the suspect was in custody within moments.

A family friend said the suspect was expelled from West-Oak Middle School after bringing a hatchet to school last year. He has not yet been identified.

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 woman 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 Highway Patrol is at the school helping to clear rooms and secure the scene.

We could see deputies on the roof of the school with their weapons drawn.

Air 7 says one helicopter airlifted one patient.

Oconee Co. sheriff’s office have been called in to help clear the building and secure the scene.

Students are being bused to Oakdale Baptist Church on Hwy 24, that is where parents need to pick them up.

There is another news conference scheduled for 9 p.m.

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.


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