Sunday 18 March 2018

Boy, six, dies days after South Carolina school shooting

The scene at Townville Elementary School on Wednesday after the shooting (AP)
The scene at Townville Elementary School on Wednesday after the shooting (AP)

A six-year-old boy who was critically wounded in a shooting has died, days after a 14-year-old opened fire on a school playground.

Jacob Hall had been fighting for his life at a hospital after a bullet struck him in a main artery in his leg, causing him a major brain injury due to a "catastrophic" loss of blood, his doctor said.

Jacob died about 1pm local time on Saturday, and a post-mortem will take place on Sunday, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said.

The a uthorities say Jacob, another student and a first-grade teacher at Townville Elementary in South Carolina were wounded by the teenager, who had just killed his father at their home, on Wednesday.

After the killing, the teen - who is not old enough to have a driver's licence - drove a pick-up truck about three miles down a country road, crashed at the school and started firing with a handgun.

The wounded were struck as a door opened for recess. Another teacher who heard the first gunshot was able to get other students safely inside, school officials have said.

The other wounded student and the injured teacher, Meghan Hollingsworth, were treated and released from hospital.

Jacob's parents, Renae and Rodger Hall, thanked the nurses and doctors who cared for their son and Ms Hollingsworth, "who put her life on the line to try to protect and save Jacob".

Jacob died surrounded by his family at Greenville Health System Children's Hospital, his parents said.

"Jacob came into our lives six years and four months ago and changed it completely," they said.

"He showed us how to love, laugh and smile even on days we did not want to. God gave him to us and he was taken away from us by a senseless act. We know that Jacob has already forgiven this child for what he did to him and his family because that's the kind of child he was."

The authorities have not released a motive for either shooting.

The teenager was charged as a juvenile on Friday with murder and three counts of attempted murder.

Dr Keith Webb called Jacob a "tremendous fighter" but said he was "unable to overcome the catastrophic blood loss and resulting cardiopulmonary arrest caused when the bullet hit his femoral artery".

Classes at Townville Elementary are set to resume on Monday.


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