A South Carolina elementary school has fallen victim to the latest installment of the never-ending story of the victims of American gun violence, with at least two children injured after a reported school shooting.
Scanner traffic: At least two children injured in possible shooting at Townville Elementary School. Will update when we can. #sctweets
— Nikie Mayo (@NikieMayo) September 28, 2016
One report on Twitter suggested three victims.
— Breaking News (@breakingnewsli) September 28, 2016
A later report confirmed the third victim as a teacher.
The students of Townville Elementary School in Anderson County, South Carolina, are currently being evacuated out the back of the school as authorities are still working to clear the area.
A local highway is also closed in an attempt to assure the security of the area.
UPDATE: Highway 24 is closed near Townville Elementary School.https://t.co/4fBWXLUOUP
— FOX Carolina News (@foxcarolinanews) September 28, 2016
At least one suspect is reportedly in custody. No word has yet come from authorities confirming the suspect as the sole shooter, and neither has there been any word as to a possible motive for the violence.
The public also waits confirming information on the number of victims and their condition. The police operation at the school is still very much ongoing.
Local USA Today affiliate Greenville Online summarizes the incident, writing that “Multiple law enforcement units are responding to Townville Elementary School for a possible shooting.”
Greenville Online goes on to confirm the current word as the number of victims and cite Sheila Cole, spokeswoman for Anderson County Sheriff’s Office as to a single suspect in custody.
‘At least two children were injured in the possible shooting, according to scanner reports. EMS and LifeFlight are responding to the scene. The incident was first reported shortly after 2 p.m., according to reports on social media… Cole believed they have someone in custody, but is awaiting on confirmation.’
According to the Gun Violence Archive, 487 children aged 11 years or younger have been injured or killed by gun violence in the United States since January 1. The elementary school which is the site of Wednesday’s shooting has 286 students in pre-kindergarten through 6th grade.
UPDATE: Police have confirmed that a teenage shooter is in custody, and both of the two child victims are being treated for non-life threatening injuries. No word was given as to the teacher’s condition.