(TOWNVILLE, S.C.) — A 6-year-old boy critically wounded in the shooting at an elementary school in Townville, South Carolina, died Saturday, according to the Anderson County coroner.
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.
His brother, Gerald Gambrell, posted on Facebook that Jacob “will be with us forever and always in our hearts.”
Jacob had been on life support at Greenville Memorial Hospital. His family said in a statement released Thursday that because of the amount of blood he’d lost, he suffered a major brain njury.
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.
The 14-year-old suspect in the shooting outside the elementary school was charged Friday with one count of murder in the death of his father and three counts of attempted murder.
A judge in Townville agreed to detain the teen pending his trial, saying there was enough evidence in the case to hold him. He has not yet entered a plea.
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