TOWNVILLE, S.C. — As a 6-year-old shot at a school playground in South Carolina continues to fight for his life, the accused shooter, a 14-year-old also suspected of killing his father and injuring a teacher and second student, was charged Friday as a juvenile.
The South Carolina teen appeared in juvenile court on Friday and is being charged as a juvenile with murder and three counts of attempted murder. A judge ordered him to continue to be held.
The teen, whose name is not being released because he is a minor, is accused of killing his father at their home on Wednesday before driving a pickup truck to a nearby elementary school and opening fire. Two students and a teacher at Townville Elementary were wounded. One of the students, a 6-year-old boy, is in critical condition at a hospital.
Jacob Hall, the 6-year-victim
In a statement, a doctor treating Jacob said he suffered a major brain injury.
“Jacob was shot in the leg. The bullet hit his femoral artery, causing massive blood loss, which led to cardiopulmonary arrest,” Dr. Keith Webb of the Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital said. “He has undergone surgery and a number of procedures to try to stabilize his condition.”
Describing the boy’s battle to survive, the first-grader’s family said, “We are hanging on every second.”
Suspect called grandparents
A minute before the teen allegedly opened fire, he called his grandparents’ cellphone, sobbing and mumbling unintelligibly, authorities said.
His grandparents could barely hear him because of his crying, CNN affiliate WYFF-TV reported. So they headed next door to his house to check on him.
Instead the grandparents found their son — the teen’s father — dead in the home. The suspect’s father, Jeffrey Osborne, 47, suffered fatal gunshot wounds, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said.
The teen allegedly drove a Dodge Ram onto school property and jumped a fence to access the playground, according to CNN affiliate WHNS-TV. It said he never entered the school.
At 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, a teacher called 911 to report the shooting at the playground behind the school.
The teacher and other student injured were released Wednesday evening after being treated at a local health center, hospital officials said.
Jacob’s family remains optimistic.
“As long as his heart’s beating, we’ve got hope,” his great-aunt Rebecca Hunnicutt told WHNS. “Jacob was one of these kids who you would swear was carved out of cream cheese,” she said. “He is as beautiful on the inside as he is on the out.”
A GoFundMe has been established for the boy’s family.