TOWNVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Anderson County deputies said a shooting took place at Townville Elementary school Wednesday afternoon.
Anderson District 4 Superintendent Joanne Avery said a teen suspect is in custody and there is no longer an active threat.
Officials say a volunteer Townville Firefighter tackled the suspect.
Deputy Chief Keith Smith says the incident happened on the playground behind the school and the shooter never entered the school.
They say the staff and students were evacuated and the suspect was in custody within moments.
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 were released from AnMed hospital.
Major says the teen was armed with a handgun.
A family friend of the suspect says the suspect was being home schooled, because he was expelled from his school last year.
They say the suspect was expelled for bringing a hatchet to school and attacking a child.
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. He was found dead from a gunshot wound at a home, according to the coroner.
He says Osborne is the father of the suspected shooter in the homicide.
The homicide scene is about 3 miles from the school.
SC Highway Patrol was 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.