A judge will decide whether authorities can continue holding a teenager arrested after a school shooting that left two students and a teacher wounded and a tiny SC community coping with the aftermath.
His mother sat in the front row during the brief hearing and left the courtroom sobbing and leaning on another woman. He is scheduled to appear in court on September 30 for allegations that he killed his father before opening fire at a nearby school while shouting, "I hate my life, I hate my life".
The suspect was taken into custody without incident by a 30-year veteran of the Townville Volunteer Fire Department, authorities said.
The teen, whose name is not being released because he is a minor, is accused of killing his father at their home on Wednesday before driving a pickup truck to a nearby elementary school and opening fire.
Police said the unnamed suspect began his shooting spree by gunning down his father, 47-year-old Jeffrey Dewitt Osborne, at their family's home.
Six-year-old Jacob Hall, one of the students who was shot by the teenager, was in critical condition at the Greenville Health System Children's Hospital. Authorities say two students and a teacher were wounded by a gunman at an elementary school.
The school, which is surrounded by working farms, has about 300 students in its pre-K through sixth-grade classrooms. They have said the boy was being homeschooled, but have not explained why.
Prosecutors haven't given any indication about whether they will ask to try the teen as an adult.
Anderson 4 Supt. Joanne Avery said staff saved lives by flawlessly implementing active-shooter training drills conducted with students at the school, as recently as just last week.
A teacher, though shot in the shoulder, "was with-it enough" to close the door, lock it and barricade the students, Avery said.
A minute before a teen allegedly opened fire at an elementary school playground in SC, he called his grandparents' cell phone, sobbing and mumbling unintelligibly, authorities say.
The 14-year-old suspect was charged in family court in Anderson with murder and three counts of attempted murder. Another teacher was able to get students already on the playground safely inside even though the teen had shot at them.
"As long as his heart's beating, we've got hope", his great-aunt Rebecca Hunnicutt told WHNS.
One of the children remains in hospital in a critical condition due to the amount of blood he lost after being shot in the leg.
She says "we're praying for a miracle and we're expecting a miracle". "We appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers and ask for privacy during this hard time".
"We appreciate the community's support, especially the Townville Rescue Squad who treated Jacob onsite and brought him to the hospital", said Rodger and Renae Hall, Jacob's parents. "Jacob was one of these kids who you would swear was carved out of cream cheese", she said. "He is as lovely on the inside as he is on the out".
Classes were canceled at the school for the rest of the week.