Teen suspect in South Carolina school shooting killed his father first


TOWNVILLE, S.C. — Authorities say they believe the teenager who was taken into custody following a shooting at a South Carolina elementary school first fatally shot his father.

Two children and a teacher were shot Wednesday at Townville Elementary School in Townville, South Carolina.

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.

All those wounded are in good condition,  AnMed Health, spokeswoman Juana Slade told The Associated Press.

Capt. Major said the teen suspect used a handgun in both shootings.

The mother of a student at Townville Elementary School told CNN Greenville affiliate WYFF that her daughter and classmates huddled in a bathroom for protection.

“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.