One of the students shot at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina, 6-year-old Jacob Hall, has died after suffering major blood loss and a brain injury. A 14-year-old teen has been charged with murder and three counts of attempted murder as a juvenile, after allegedly killing his father and shooting three people at the local elementary school.
Hall died at 12.56pm EST/5.56pm BST on Saturday (1 October) after being on life support, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore confirmed. The boy's brother Gerald Gambrell confirmed his death in a Facebook post.
"Jacob will be with us forever and always in our hearts. I love you little brother and I can't wait till the day we meet again. Your my hero buddy. I love you so much watch over your family son," Gambrell wrote, according to Greenville Online.
Hall's family had earlier revealed the boy was in critical condition and fighting for his life, CNN reported. A doctor treating Jacob Hall said he suffered a major brain injury after losing a massive amount of blood.
"Jacob was shot in the leg. The bullet hit his femoral artery, causing massive blood loss, which led to cardiopulmonary arrest," Dr Keith Webb of the Greenville Health System Children's Hospital said. "He has undergone surgery and a number of procedures to try to stablise his condition."
Jacob's brothers, Rodger Dale Hall and Gambroll, told NBC News that the boy was on life support after losing 75% of his blood. His family, however, remained hopeful that he would recover. "I'll never give up because I know he won't give up," Hall said.
Rebecca Hunnicutt, the boy's great-aunt, told WHNS: "Jacob was one of these kids who you swear was carved out of cream cheese. He is as beautiful on the inside as he is on the out."
The teen shooter appeared in juvenile court on Friday (30 September) and is accused of killing his father, 47-year-old Jeffrey Osborne, at their home before driving to Townville Elementary School and opening fire. According to The Associated Press, a judge ordered the teen remain in custody.
Authorities said the teen shot his father before driving a pickup 3 miles down to Townville Elementary School. He reportedly crashed the truck, got out and opened fire as students and teachers poured out for recess. The shooter hit two students and a first-grade teacher as the school was placed on lockdown.
Superintendent Joanne Avery commended the staff for keeping students protected. Avery noted that the teacher who was shot "was with-it enough" that she closed the door, locked it and barricaded students. "If he'd gotten in the school, it would've been a different scenario," Avery said.