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School Shooter Killed Father First     09/29 06:23

   A teenager who killed his father at their home Wednesday was stopped by a 
volunteer firefighter as he opened fire outside a South Carolina elementary 
school, wounding two students and a teacher, authorities said.

   TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- A teenager who killed his father at their home 
Wednesday was stopped by a volunteer firefighter as he opened fire outside a 
South Carolina elementary school, wounding two students and a teacher, 
authorities said.

   The teen was apprehended within minutes of the shooting in this rural town 
about 110 miles northeast of Atlanta. One student was shot in the leg and the 
other in the foot, Capt. Garland Major with the Anderson County Sheriff's 
Office said. Both students were male. The female teacher was hit in the 
shoulder.

   "We are heartbroken about this senseless act of violence," said Joanne 
Avery, superintendent of Anderson County School District 4. She canceled 
classes at the school for the rest of the week.

   Authorities said the shootings began at the teen's house about two miles 
from the school, where he gunned down his 47-year-old father, Jeffrey Osborne. 
Authorities have not released the suspect's name or age beyond saying that he's 
a teen.

   Crying and upset, the teen called his grandmother's cellphone at 1:44 p.m., 
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 had been shot and their grandson was gone.

   About one minute later, authorities received a 911 call from Townville 
Elementary School.

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

   The shooter never entered the school building, though, and was apprehended 
by firefighter Jamie Brock, a 30-year veteran of the Townville Volunteer Fire 
Department

   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.

   Skipper didn't have specifics on how Brock stopped the teen: "I think he 
just took him down."

   He said the fire station is close to the school and Brock arrived before 
others officers responding to the dispatch.

   "Firefighter Brock is absolutely a hero," said Scott Stoller with Anderson 
County Emergency Management. But he says Brock "wants to remain humble and 
quiet about it" as he believes "he did nothing any of the other volunteer 
firefighters wouldn't have done."

   Authorities did not release a motive for the shooting and said they weren't 
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."

   Skipper said the teen's mother was at work at the time of the shooting.

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

   The students were bused to a nearby church where they hugged and kissed 
their parents as they reunited.

   The rural school surrounded by working farms has about 300 students in its 
pre-kindergarten to sixth-grade classrooms.

   "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. It 
just don't exist out here."

   Jamie Meredith, a student's mother, said some of the children went into a 
bathroom during the shooting.

   "I don't know how they knew to go in the bathroom, but I know her teacher 
was shaken up. I know all the kids were scared. There was a bunch of kids 
crying. She didn't talk for about 5 minutes when I got her," she told WYFF.

   Gov. Nikki Haley released a statement shortly after 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."

   The town is situated along Interstate 85 near the Georgia-South Carolina 
state line.


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