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.