The small hamlet of Townville, South Carolina is still coming to terms with a terrifying incident yesterday where a 14-year-old boy shot three people in an elementary school playground. The boy, whose name has not been released by authorities, is also a suspect in the shooting death of his father, Jeffrey Dewitt Osborne, 47. One of his victims, Jacob Hall, is currently in critical condition after being airlifted to a hospital in nearby Greenville for emergency surgery.
Police have yet to say what motivated the boy’s rampage. The shooting began at approximately 1:45 when the perpetrator crashed his truck into the playground fence at Townville Elementary School and began shooting. He struck a teacher and two boys before students were able to lock themselves inside the school for safety. At the same time, police were called to the home of Jeffrey Osborne, by his mother after a distraught phone call from her grandson. The shooter’s grandmother lived next door and found her son dead from a gunshot wound. It is not known yet whether the same gun was used in both incidents and whether the 14-year-old killed his father.
Things at the school could have been much worse if not for the brave actions of a local volunteer firefighter. 30-year-old Jamie Brock responded to the call at the school and found the shooter on the grounds. He subdued the gunman and held him at the scene as rescue workers and police arrived and made sure the threat was over. The shooter is currently being held at the Greenville County Detention Center Juvenile Facility.