Family of Alleged School Shooter Speaks as Victim, 6, Remains in Critical Condition
The family of the alleged South Carolina school shooter has spoken out after cops say the teen killed his father before driving to an elementary school and opening fire Wednesday.
Anderson County Sheriff’s deputies say Jeffrey Osborne, the 14-year-old's father, was discovered shot dead by the boy's grandparents Wednesday afternoon.
"Our entire family is absolutely shocked and saddened by the senseless actions of our son and grandson," the statement from the family read. "We are praying and will continue to do so for the two precious children who were wounded, and for their courageous teacher who was wounded while rescuing the children.
The statement went on: "We cannot express the devastation we feel at the loss of our beloved Jeff. We are thankful to have friends who have expressed their sympathy and support [to] Tiffney that the loss of her husband. Please pray for our family that the Lord will help us as we face this unimaginable ordeal."
Among the victims shot at the school was 6-year-old kindergarten student Jacob Hall.
According to State Rep. Alan Clemmons, a bullet severed Jacob's femoral artery. He died, was revived twice and required immediate emergency surgery to stop the flow of blood from his leg.
Jacob remained in critical condition on Thursday afternoon, according to local reports. "Once stabilized, he will face yet another surgery," Clemmons said.
A friend of Jacob's family started a GoFundMe campaign to help support his parents as they take off work to stay by his side during what is shaping up to be a long road to recovery.
The fund has raised more than $20,000 of a $50,000 goal in just 15 hours.
Jacob's family also released a brief statement.
"We appreciate the community’s support, especially the Townville Rescue Squad who treated Jacob onsite and brought him to the hospital," Rodger and Renae Hall said. "We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers and ask for privacy during this difficult time."
The other two victims at the school were treated and released.