Boy, 6, dies days after South Carolina school shooting

- UPDATE: 10/1/16 (3:45p.m.): The Latest on a school shooting in South Carolina (all times local):

A coroner says a 6-year-old boy has died days after he was critically wounded in a school shooting in South Carolina.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said Jacob Hall died about 1 p.m. Saturday. Jacob had been fighting for his life at a hospital since the shooting Wednesday at Townville Elementary School.

A bullet struck Hall in a main artery in his leg, causing him to lose a lot of blood.

Authorities say another student and a first-grade teacher were also shot when a 14-year-old boy opened fire on a playground. They were treated and released.

Authorities say the teen killed his father before he drove to the school. He was charged as a juvenile Friday with murder and three counts of attempted murder.

Authorities have not released a motive.

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9/30/16 (12:30 p.m.)

12:15 p.m.

A 14-year-old South Carolina boy accused of killing his father and wounding three people during a school shooting has been charged as a juvenile with murder and three counts of attempted murder.

The teen appeared in juvenile court on Friday wearing a yellow jail jumpsuit without any restraints. A judge ordered him to continue to be held.

The teen 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.

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12 p.m.

A judge in South Carolina is allowing media in the courtroom for a hearing for a teenager accused of killing his father and shooting three people at an elementary school.

The juvenile is suspected of fatally shooting his father before driving a few miles away and opening fire on Townville Elementary School, wounding two students and a teacher. The teen was in court Friday for the initial hearing.

Authorities have not released a motive.

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9:25 a.m.

Online donors have given more than $80,000 to help the family of a 6-year-old South Carolina boy who was critically injured in a shooting at a rural elementary school.

A gofundme page set up by a friend of Jacob Hall's family on Thursday already had raised about $83,000 by Friday morning.

A note from the person who established the fundraising drive, Travis Paige, says the boy's parents have to miss work to be with him in the hospital and need financial assistance.

Authorities say the boy, another student and a teacher were wounded when a teen gunman showed up at Townville Elementary School and began shooting on Wednesday. They say the youth killed his father with multiple gunshots at home before going to the school.

The suspect is due in court Friday for an initial hearing.

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7:30 a.m.

A 6-year-old boy wounded in a school shooting in South Carolina is clinging to life.

The Greenville News (http://grnol.co/2dJQVut) reports that relatives of Townville Elementary School student Jacob Hall released a statement late Thursday saying the boy is on life support in a hospital.

The family says the child sustained a major brain injury due to the amount of blood he lost after being shot in the leg.

Older brother Gerald Gambrell tells the paper the family is "hoping for a miracle."

Authorities say the boy, another student and a teacher were wounded when a teen gunman showed up at the rural school and began shooting on Wednesday. The suspect is due in court Friday for an initial hearing.

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3:10 a.m.

A judge in South Carolina will decide whether authorities can continue holding a teenager arrested after a school shooting that left two students and a teacher wounded in a rural community.

The juvenile who authorities say is suspected of fatally shooting his father before the violence at Townville Elementary School was due in court Friday morning for an initial hearing.

Anderson County Solicitor Chrissy T. Adams says the public wouldn't be allowed in because the suspect is a juvenile. She also says prosecutors won't provide additional details about the shooting, which occurred Wednesday.

One of the students is still hospitalized in critical condition.
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UPDATE: 9 /29/16 (12:00 p.m.): The mother of a teen accused of killing his father and wounding two students and a teacher at a rural South Carolina elementary school says his family is "shocked and saddened."

The shooting began Wednesday afternoon in rural area of Townville near the Georgia-South Carolina line. Authorities say the teenager killed 47-year-old Jeffrey Osborne and then drove to Townville Elementary School, about 2 miles away.

In a statement that Pastor James South provided to local media outlets, Tiffney Osborne says the family "cannot express the devastation we feel at the loss of our beloved Jeff."

Authorities have not released the suspect's name or age beyond saying he's a teen. South says Mrs. Osborne found out about the shooting through media reports. Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said earlier that she was at work at the time of the shooing.

Skipper said Jamie Brock, a 30-year veteran of the Townville Volunteer Fire Department, "just took him down" and stopped the teen before he could get inside the school. The sheriff said the fire station is close to the school, and Brock arrived before other officers responding to the dispatch.

Brock has said he doesn't want attention for his actions.

He "wants to remain humble and quiet about it" as he believes "he did nothing any of the other volunteer firefighters wouldn't have done," said Scott Stoller with Anderson County Emergency Management.

Regardless, he said, "Firefighter Brock is absolutely a hero."

The teacher wounded in the shooting, Meghan Hollingsworth, also was reluctant to talk.

"We are not interested in giving interviews or answering questions of any kind," a sign posted on the front door of her home Thursday morning read.

"We ask that you respect our privacy," the note said, while expressing appreciation for those concerned about her.

Sheriff's Lt. Sheila Cole said officers and forensic specialists were returning to the school Thursday morning to resume their investigation. Authorities also said audio from the 911 calls made after the shootings will not be released while the investigation is ongoing.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said the teen, crying and upset, called his grandmother's cellphone at 1:44 p.m. Wednesday, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said. The grandparents couldn't understand what was going on, so they went to his home just 100 yards away. When they got there, they found Osborne dead and their grandson gone.

About one minute later, authorities received a 911 call from a teacher at the school in this rural town on the about 110 miles northeast of Atlanta near the Georgia-South Carolina border.

The shooter drove a truck into the school parking lot and immediately started firing as he got out and moved toward the school, Skipper said. He did not know who the truck the teen drove was registered to and declined to say how many shots were fired.

One student was shot in the leg and the other in the foot, sheriff's Capt. Garland Major said. Both students were male. The teacher was hit in the shoulder.

"We are heartbroken about this senseless act of violence," said Joanne Avery, school district superintendent. She canceled classes at the school for the rest of the week.

Television images showed officers swarming the school after the report of an active shooter. Some were on top of the roof while others were walking around the building. Students were driven away on buses accompanied by police officers to a nearby church.

Authorities said they don't yet know a motive for the shooting and they were not sure if the students and teacher were targeted. The sheriff said the teen had been homeschooled.

"There are no racial undertones there. There's no terrorism involved," Major said. "We're confident we have the sole shooter and no one else is involved."

One of the students and the teacher were released from the hospital Wednesday evening, AnMed Health spokeswoman Juana Slade said. Greenville Health System spokeswoman Sandy Dees said the other student, Jacob Hall, remained in critical condition.

The school surrounded by working farms has about 300 students in its pre-kindergarten to sixth-grade classrooms. About 90 percent of the students are white, according to state records.

"This is the country," Brandi Pierce, the mother of a sixth-grader, told The Associated Press as she began to cry. "You don't have this in the country."

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The Latest on the shooting at an elementary school in South Carolina that left two students and a teacher wounded (all times local):

9:30 p.m.

Authorities say the grandparents of a teenager suspected of opening fire outside an elementary school in South Carolina found their son dead after receiving a call from the teen.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore says the teenager called his grandmother's cell phone at 1:44 p.m. Wednesday, but he was so upset, she couldn't understand him.

So the grandparents went to his home just 100 yards away. When they got there, they found 47-year-old Jeffrey Osborne shot and their grandson not there.

Authorities say a teacher called 911 about a shooter at Townville Elementary about a minute after the teen called his grandmother. 

Officials are not releasing the teen's name or age.

One boy remains in critical condition at a Greenville hospital. A teacher and another student were treated and released from an Anderson hospital.

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8:30 p.m.

A Greenville hospital has identified the student in critical condition after a teen opened fire at a South Carolina elementary school playground.

Spokeswoman Sandy Dees says Jacob Hall remained in critical condition at the Greenville Health System Children's Hospital as of 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The boy's parents, Rodger and Renae Hall, say in a statement that they appreciate the community's support, especially emergency responders who treated Jacob onsite and brought him to the hospital. Although they appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers, they ask for privacy.

The hospital hopes to update Jacob's condition by 11 a.m. Thursday.

Jacob was flown to Greenville after the shooting at Townville Elementary. A teacher and another student were treated and released from a hospital in Anderson.

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7 p.m.

The teen who police believe fatally shot his father and then opened fire at an elementary school was never actually able to get inside the school building.

Anderson County Sheriff's Lt. Sheila Cole said the teen was apprehended Wednesday by veteran firefighter Jamie Brock, and she confirmed news reports that the shooter was never able to make it inside the school.

Authorities did not reveal the teen's age at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, and Cole says she doesn't have his age.

The Anderson Independent-Mail quotes Anderson County Sheriff Chief Deputy Keith Smith as saying the teen is 14 and could be charged as a minor.

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6:30 p.m.

A hospital official says a teacher and a child brought there following a shooting at a South Carolina elementary school have both been released.

AnMed Health spokeswoman Juana Slade had earlier told The Associated Press that the hospital had received one adult female and one male child, and that both were in good condition.

Authorities say a female teacher and two male students were wounded in the shooting.

Greenville News reported earlier Wednesday that a 6-year-old child was airlifted to Greenville Memorial and was in critical condition. Greenville Memorial spokeswoman Sandy Dees has confirmed that a child was taken to the hospital, but would not release any further information.

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5:30 p.m.

Authorities say there is no evidence that the shooting at a South Carolina elementary school was related to either terrorism or racism.

Capt. Garland Major also said that authorities are confident there was only one shooter and that he is in custody following Wednesday's shooting at Townville Elementary School.

Garland says he believes the teen is the son of 47-year-old Jeffrey Osborne, who was shot to death at a house not far from the school. He says authorities think the teen first shot Osborne before going to the school and opening fire.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore told a news conference that a 911 call from Osborne's house was received shortly after the school shooting.

Anderson County school district 4 superintendent Joanne Avery said school has been canceled for the rest of the week and that counselors are being made available for students.

Avery told a news conference that school officials are "heartbroken about this senseless act of violence."

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