Officials seek motive in S. Carolina school shooting

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Investigators are trying to determine the motive behind a shooting spree by a South Carolina teenager who killed his father and wounded two elementary school students and a teacher before being pinned down by a volunteer fireman. Jillian Kitchener reports.

Officials seek motive in S. Carolina school shooting

A South Carolina community prays for the recovery of a six-year-old boy in critical condition, after Wednesday’s shooting at an elementary school.

Anderson County officials say a 14-year-old suspect shot and killed his father, Jeffrey DeWitt Osborne.

The suspect then drove to Townville Elementary School, crashed into a fence near the playground and shot three people.

Officials say volunteer firefighter Jamie Brock subdued the suspect.

(SOUNDBITE) ANDERSON COUNTY EMS DIRECTOR SCOTT STOLLER, SAYING:

“I don’t think there’s anyone amongst us that doesn’t believe that firefighter Brock is absolutely a hero to us and to the whole community.”

Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper says schools are trained for these types of emergencies.

(SOUNDBITE) ANDERSON COUNTY SHERIFF, JOHN SKIPPER, SAYING:

“Shelter in place, get out of there if they have to… or fight. And as you’ve heard one of our firefighters did that. And probably saved a lot more lives.”

Investigators are now searching for clues to determine a motive… as the school of almost 300 students remains closed.

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