(TOWNVILLE, S.C.) — A 6-year-old boy is “fighting for his life” after being critically wounded in the shooting at an elementary school in Townville, South Carolina, according to the city’s fire chief who spoke at a news conference on Thursday
Jacob Hall, a kindergarten student at Townville Elementary School, was shot in the leg by a suspected 14-year-old gunman who opened fire at the school’s outdoor playground during recess on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
A “bullet ripped through little Jacob’s femoral artery,” a major artery located in the thigh, wrote South Carolina Rep. Alan Clemmons on his Facebook page Wednesday. Clemmons noted that Jacob was a nephew of “dear friends” of his.
Jacob “died twice, and was revived, during medical transport and again during surgery,” Clemmons said.
The state representative added in an update today that the “shot that severed Jacob’s femoral artery required immediate chest surgery to staunch the blood flow.”
Jacob remained in critical condition at Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital as of Thursday afternoon according to Sandy Dees, Greenville Health System senior media relations coordinator.
“We appreciate the community’s support, especially the Townville Rescue Squad who treated Jacob onsite and brought him to the hospital,” Jacob’s parents, Rodger and Renae Hall, said in a statement. “We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers and ask for privacy during this difficult time.”
During a news conference, Townville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Billy McAdams asked for prayers for all those involved in Wednesday’s shooting, “especially for little Jacob,” who he said was “still fighting for his life.”
McAdams was one of several first responders who tended to Jacob and his teacher during the shooting. He noted that the teacher told him and other emergency personnel to “take care of Jacob first” and not worry about her.
The fire chief also read a statement prepared by Townville veteran firefighter Jamie Brock, who has been credited as the hero who took down the suspected gunman.
In the statement, Brock said that “the true heroes of yesterday’s senseless tragedy” were the teachers and principal who “put their lives on the line to protect the students.”
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