Volunteer Firefighter Prevents School Shooting Tragedy

  • A teenager walked onto an elementary campus and started opening fire with a handgun. 
  • Two students and a teacher were wounded. The teacher and one student have been released from the hospital with one student still in critical condition. 
  • The suspect was quickly taken down before he could do more damage by a volunteer firefighter who was close to the scene. 
  • The suspect’s father was also found dead shortly after the attack two miles away. 

On Wednesday, a teenager opened fire outside of an elementary school in South Carolina, injuring two children and a teacher. Thankfully, no one was killed in the attack.

The suspect was taken down quickly by a volunteer firefighter who was nearby and heard the shots. The man rushed the suspect  who was firing at children with a handgun. The volunteer firefighter is a hero who potentially saved dozens of children’s lives and amazingly enough was not wounded in the attack.

Right before the shooting started, a teacher placed a call to 911 reporting a suspicious man on the grounds of Townville Elementary School around 1:45 p.m. Police arrived shortly after, but the shooting and take down of the suspect had already occurred.

The teacher and one of the students were taken to AnMed Health Medical Center and have since been released. However, the second child shot was life flighted to Greenville Memorial Emergency Trauma Center and is still in critical condition. The teacher was shot in the shoulder, while one student was shot in the foot and another in the leg

Authorities believe this is connected to a homicide that was reported moments after the school shooting only two miles away. a 911 call was placed after the family of a 47-year-old man was found in a chair with a gunshot wound to the chest, ruled a homicide. It has not been confirmed, but the victim is believed to be the suspect’s father.

The school was evacuated after the shooting and the students were given the rest of the week off with access to grief and crises counseling.

Gov. Nikki Haley responded to the attack, “As we work together with law enforcement to make sure they have the support they need to investigate what happened in Townville, Michael and I ask that everyone across South Carolina join us in praying for the entire Townville Elementary School family and those touched by today’s tragedy.” She also called the attack a “tragedy.” 

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