WASHINGTON: A teenage gunman, who injured three people at a South Carolina elementary School before being arrested, carried out the attack after killing his father, local officials said Wednesday.
The teen, whom the authorities did not identify, shot two boys, one in the leg, the other in the foot and a teacher in the shoulder at Townville Elementary in the west of the southeastern US state, area officials told reporters.
The attack with a handgun, carried out mid-afternoon, appeared to have occurred on the playground, they said.
“The investigation is in initial stages.It’s going to be a very slow, methodical and meticulous investigation,” Captain Garland Major of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said.
An active homicide investigation is underway into the death of Jeffrey DeWitt Osborne, 47, the father of the alleged shooter who lives around two miles (three kilometers) from the school, the Anderson County coroner’s office said.
Authorities received a call from the victim’s family reporting his death shortly after the school shooting, it said.
The teenage assailant was arrested without incident and has no apparent racial motivation or connections to terrorism, Major told reporters, adding that it was still unclear whether he suffers from mental illness.
The suspect is home-schooled, and does not attend any school in the Anderson County School District, police said.
A firefighter who was one of the first responders on scene contained the teenager, who was “apprehended within a matter of minutes,” Joanne Avery, the Anderson County District Four Superintendent told the news conference.