Cops: Teen Killed Dad, Opened Fire at Elementary School

Two students and a teacher were wounded
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 28, 2016 2:26 PM CDT
Updated Sep 28, 2016 6:24 PM CDT
Members of law enforcement talk in front of South Carolina's Townville Elementary School on Wednesday after a teenager allegedly opened fire there, wounding two students and a teacher.   (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

(Newser) – A South Carolina teenager killed his father at their home Wednesday before going to a nearby elementary school and opening fire with a handgun, wounding two students and a teacher, authorities said. The AP reports teen was apprehended within minutes of the school shooting in rural Townville. One of the students 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. Before the shooting at Townville Elementary, the teen gunned down his 47-year-old father, Jeffrey Osborne, at their home about 2 miles from the school, authorities said.

Authorities did not release a motive for the shooting. They said they weren't sure if the students and teacher were targeted. Asked about the teen's relationship to the students, Major said "I know they all go to school together." He later said the teen was being homeschooled and didn't clarify his earlier remark. Students at Townville Elementary were bused to a nearby church and reunited with their parents. The school has about 300 students in its pre-kindergarten to sixth-grade classrooms. It is in a very rural part of the state and surrounded by working farms. "This is the country," the mother of a sixth-grader said. "You don't have this in the country. It just don't exist out here." (Read more school shooting stories.)

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