Teen killed fa­ther, shot 3 at school, au­thor­i­ties say

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD - By Johnny Clark

A teenager killed his fa­ther at their home Wednes­day be­fore go­ing to a nearby el­e­men­tary school and open­ing fire with a hand­gun, wound­ing two stu­dents and a teacher, au­thor­i­ties said.

The teen was ap­pre­hended within min­utes of the school shoot­ing in this ru­ral town about 110 miles north­east of At­lanta. One of the stu­dents was shot in the leg and the other in the foot, Capt. Gar­land Ma­jor with the An­der­son County sher­iff’s of­fice said. Both stu­dents were male. The fe­male teacher was hit in the shoul­der.

Be­fore the shoot­ing at Townville El­e­men­tary School about 1:45 p.m., the teen gunned down his 47-year-old fa­ther, Jef­frey Os­borne, at their home about 2 miles from the school, au­thor­i­ties said.

“We are heart­bro­ken about this sense­less act of vi­o­lence,” said Joanne Avery, su­per­in­ten­dent of An­der­son County School Dis­trict 4. She can­celed classes for the rest of the week.

Au­thor­i­ties did not re­lease a mo­tive for the shoot­ing. They said they weren’t sure if the stu­dents and teacher were tar­geted.

Asked about the teen’s re­la­tion­ship to the stu­dents, Ma­jor said “I know they all go to school to­gether.” He later said the teen was be­ing home­schooled and didn’t clar­ify his ear­lier re­mark.

RAINIER EHRHARDT — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Townville El­e­men­tary School stu­dent Lilly Chap­man, 8, cries af­ter be­ing re­united with her fa­ther, John Chap­man, at the Oak­dale Bap­tist Church in Townville, S.C., on Wednes­day.

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