TOWNVILLE, S.C. — Two children and a teacher were shot Wednesday at an elementary school in Townville, South Carolina, according to the Associated Press.
Capt. Garland Major told a news conference that one of the students was shot in the leg and the other in the foot. He said a female teacher was shot in the shoulder.
The teen shooter is in custody, according to Sheila Cole, spokeswoman for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities say they believe the suspect fatally shot his father before heading to the elementary school.
Authorities were called to Townville Elementary School at about 2 p.m. in reference to an “emergency situation,” according to WHNS.
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.
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