Off-duty firefighter, well prepared teachers credited with saving lives during school shooting

TOWNVILLE, SC  (NBC News) An off-duty firefighter and well prepared teachers are being credited with saving students from the gunman who opened fire at a South Carolina elementary school Wednesday.

The shooter, a 14-year-old armed with a hand gun, opened fire on the playground.

A teacher and two students were wounded, but quickly took shelter inside as the school went on lockdown.

An off-duty firefighter was the first to arrive on the scene and quickly apprehended the shooter before he could enter the school.

“He engaged the suspect and at that point took him down, and law enforcement was quickly behind him,” said Deputy Chief Taylor Jones of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

One of the students was critically injured. The other student and the teacher were treated and released.

Officials report that the school was so well locked down, that even police had trouble entering the building when they arrived. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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