TOWNVILLE, S.C. — At least two children and a teacher were shot Wednesday at an elementary school in Townville, South Carolina, Anderson County EMS Director Scott Stoller told CNN.
“Right now we are still developing information. We are still treating patients. One of the children was life-flighted to Greenville Trauma Center, Stoller said.
The suspected shooter, a teenager, is in custody, deputy chief Taylor Jones said.
A man who is related to the suspected shooter at a South Carolina elementary school was found dead Wednesday afternoon of a gunshot wound, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore told reporters.
The students were sent to a local trauma center, Jones said. The teacher also was hospitalized.
The three victims wounded in a shooting Wednesday afternoon were struck by bullets from a handgun, Capt. Garland Major of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina said.
One student was hit in a leg and another was struck in a foot. The teacher was wounded in a shoulder, Major said.
Authorities were called to Townville Elementary School at about 2 p.m. in reference to an “emergency situation,” according to WHNS.
Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore, who is also a paramedic, told the Independent Mail two children have been shot and their injuries do not appear life-threatening.
The mother of a student at Townville Elementary School told CNN Greenville affiliate WYFF that her daughter and classmates huddled in a bathroom.
“Her teacher was shaken up. I know all the kids were scared. There was a bunch of kids crying,” the unidentified woman said. “She didn’t talk for about five minutes when I got her. … I’m just so scared. I don’t even want her to go to school now.”
The mother said she was praying for the families of the injured.
Townville is in the extreme western part of the state, southwest of Greenville. Anderson County has a population of about 194,692. The elementary school has about 280 students. About 30 school employees are listed on the school’s website. School picture day is scheduled for later this week.
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office will be updating the media shortly.
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