Multiple people wounded in South Carolina elementary school shooting

On Wednesday, two children and one teacher were wounded in an elementary school shooting in South Carolina. According to a spokeswoman for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, the suspected shooter is in custody and the three wounded were taken to nearby hospitals, with one student needing surgery and the other two victims in good condition later that afternoon. The shooting occurred at Townville Elementary School in Townville, in northwest South Carolina, about two hours away from Columbia. The shooter was reportedly a teenager, but their identity has not been released by the police.

Update: Terrorism has been ruled out, though the motive is not known. The man found dead at a nearby house was the suspected shooter’s father, identified as Jeffrey Osborne, 47. The victims were shot with a handgun; a boy was shot in the leg, another in the foot, and the female teacher was hit in the shoulder, according to Captain Garland Major of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

Armed officers were escorting children out of the school, and they were then bused to a nearby church, where their families were told to meet them.

The Anderson County Coroner’s Office is investigating another death of a man about three miles away officials say is connected to the shooting. The man, found dead in a house, was dead before the shooting occurred around 1 p.m. ET, the coroner’s office told WYFF 4.

Parents of students at the school were understandably panicked. “I thank God it wasn’t mine, but I feel so bad for them, and I’m just going to pray that they’re OK, and I don’t know if they’re my daughter’s classmates or they’re somebody I knew,” Jamie Meredith, a student’s mother, told WYFF 4. “I’m just so scared. I don’t even want her to go to school now,” she said of her daughter.