Child still in critical condition after school shooting

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – This morning you can see Greenville memorial hospital behind me. That’s where 6-year-old Jacob hall was flown via medical helicopter after he was shot in the leg at Townville elementary school. Let’s show you a picture of Jacob hall that was given to us by his family. Right now we have learned he is in critical condition.

All of that happened while he and his classmates were on the playground at Townville elementary. They were playing Wednesday afternoon. That’s when a 14-year-old suspect drove up to the school and began shooting randomly.

Another 6-year-old was shot and a teacher was hit in the shoulder. Doctors treated and released both of those victims, but Jacob’s injuries were severe. That’s when a helicopter took him to Greenville Memorial. EMS officials say immediate action taken by emergency workers may have saved his life.

“I got there as the school nurses and other school staff were working on that student. Firefighters from Townville fire department were working on that student,” said Scott Stoller, Director of EMS, Special Operations of Anderson County. “We had a couple from Oconee County that responded as well. It was very critical, training, proper equipment, it was absolutely critical. Without their early intervention, the outcome would have been very different.”

6-year-old Jacob hall’s parents also released a statement through the hospital that reads “we appreciate the community’s support, especially the Townville rescue squad who treated Jacob onsite and brought him to the hospital. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers and ask for privacy during this difficult time.”

Earlier in last night’s press conferences, the school nurses as well as rescue squads were credited with saving Jacob’s life. We hope to learn more about Jacob hall’s condition just before 11 o’clock this morning. We’ve also learned there is a GoFundMe account started in Jacob hall’s name as his family has taken off work to stay by his side in the hospital.