South Carolina school shooting: Suspected shooter called family members


South Carolina school shooting: Suspected shooter called family members

Authorities say they believe the teenage boy who was taken into custody following a shooting at the Townville Elementary School first fatally shot his father.

Capt. Garland Major told a news conference that the shooter used a handgun and that one of the students was shot in the leg and the other in the foot. He said a female teacher was shot in the shoulder during Wednesday's shooting at Townville Elementary.

Anderson County Sheriff's Lt. Sheila Cole said the teen was apprehended by veteran firefighter Jamie Brock, and she confirmed news reports that the shooter was never able to make it inside the school. Deputy Chief Keith Smith told ABC News that Brock "used enough force" to take down the gunman.

Two children and an adult were injured Wednesday afternoon when a gunman opened fire at the elementary school in South Carolina, according to multiple reports.

Authorities responded to the active shooter situation around 1:45 Townville Elementary. The school, near South Carolina's border with Georgia, evacuated students to Oakdale Baptist Church, according to WYFF.

Townville Elementary has more than 280 students in grades pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, according to The Greenville News

Nearby schools were also put into lockdown.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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