SC Shooting Victim 'Fighting for His Life'

6-year-old Jacob Hall was shot in femoral artery in Townville
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2016 10:48 AM CDT
SC Shooting Victim 'Fighting for His Life'
Jacob Hall, left.   (GoFundMe)

One of the two young students injured in Wednesday's school shooting in Townville, SC, has been released from the hospital after being shot in the foot, the Greenville News reports. But the other, 6-year-old Jacob Hall, is "fighting for his life," per a statement by Jacob's family, posted on the Facebook page of state Rep. Alan Clemmons (he's a close friend of Jacob's aunt and uncle). "Due to the massive blood loss he has sustained a major brain injury," the statement reads. "Jacob is in very critical condition, and we are hanging on every second." The boy described by Gerald Gambrell, one of his older brothers, as being at "the top of his class in first grade" was shot in the femoral artery in his leg, per Clemmons, and had actually died and been revived two times—once while being transported and once while in surgery.

Family and friends note how much Jacob loves attending school at Anderson County's Townville Elementary, with the pastor at his church telling the News, "He'll make you laugh and tell you he loves you." A GoFundMe account set up for Jacob and his parents has already raised more than $90,000. Meanwhile, the superintendent of Jacob's school district says active-shooter training and drills likely helped minimize the carnage on Wednesday, noting staff members "put their fear to the side because they put those children first," per the AP. And the community is hailing volunteer fireman Jamie Brock—who kept the unnamed teen shooter subdued until cops arrived—as a "hero," CBS News reports. (A "much deeper tragedy" was averted at a Texas school.)

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