The Latest: Boy still in critical after school shooting


TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a school shooting in South Carolina (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

A 6-year-old boy remains in critical condition two days after authorities say a teenager wounded him when he opened fire at a South Carolina elementary school.

Greenville Health spokeswoman Sandy Dees said Jacob Hall was still critical Friday afternoon.

Jacob was shot in a main artery in his thigh when authorities say a teen shot into a door as a first-grade class left for recess Wednesday afternoon.

His family said in a statement that Jacob sustained a major brain injury due to the amount of blood he lost.

His great-aunt Rebecca Hunnicutt told WYFF on Thursday night that Jacob has been unconscious since arriving at the hospital.

But “as long as his heart’s beating, we’ve got hope.”

She says “we’re praying for a miracle and we’re expecting a miracle.”

Another student and teacher injured in the shooting were treated and released Wednesday.

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12:15 p.m.

A 14-year-old South Carolina boy accused of killing his father and wounding three people during a school shooting has been charged as a juvenile with murder and three counts of attempted murder.

The teen appeared in juvenile court on Friday wearing a yellow jail jumpsuit without any restraints. A judge ordered him to continue to be held.

The teen is accused of killing his father at their home on Wednesday before driving a pickup truck to a nearby elementary school and opening fire. Two students and a teacher at Townville Elementary were wounded. One of the students, a 6-year-old boy, is in critical condition at a hospital.

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12 p.m.

A judge in South Carolina is allowing media in the courtroom for a hearing for a teenager accused of killing his father and shooting three people at an elementary school.

The juvenile is suspected of fatally shooting his father before driving a few miles away and opening fire on Townville Elementary School, wounding two students and a teacher. The teen was in court Friday for the initial hearing.

Authorities have not released a motive.

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9:25 a.m.

Online donors have given more than $80,000 to help the family of a 6-year-old South Carolina boy who was critically injured in a shooting at a rural elementary school.

A gofundme page set up by a friend of Jacob Hall’s family on Thursday already had raised about $83,000 by Friday morning.

A note from the person who established the fundraising drive, Travis Paige, says the boy’s parents have to miss work to be with him in the hospital and need financial assistance.

Authorities say the boy, another student and a teacher were wounded when a teen gunman showed up at Townville Elementary School and began shooting on Wednesday. They say the youth killed his father with multiple gunshots at home before going to the school.

The suspect is due in court Friday for an initial hearing.

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7:30 a.m.

A 6-year-old boy wounded in a school shooting in South Carolina is clinging to life.

The Greenville News (http://grnol.co/2dJQVut) reports that relatives of Townville Elementary School student Jacob Hall released a statement late Thursday saying the boy is on life support in a hospital.

The family says the child sustained a major brain injury due to the amount of blood he lost after being shot in the leg.

Older brother Gerald Gambrell tells the paper the family is “hoping for a miracle.”

Authorities say the boy, another student and a teacher were wounded when a teen gunman showed up at the rural school and began shooting on Wednesday. The suspect is due in court Friday for an initial hearing.

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3:10 a.m.

A judge in South Carolina will decide whether authorities can continue holding a teenager arrested after a school shooting that left two students and a teacher wounded in a rural community.

The juvenile who authorities say is suspected of fatally shooting his father before the violence at Townville Elementary School was due in court Friday morning for an initial hearing.

Anderson County Solicitor Chrissy T. Adams says the public wouldn’t be allowed in because the suspect is a juvenile. She also says prosecutors won’t provide additional details about the shooting, which occurred Wednesday.

One of the students is still hospitalized in critical condition.

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