Jesse Osborne Identified As Potential Townville Elementary School Shooting Suspect, Teenager Reportedly Killed Father Then Opened Fire On Playground

Nathan Francis

Jesse Osborne has been tentatively identified as the Townville Elementary School shooting suspect who reportedly shot and killed his father before driving to a school and opening fire, injuring two young children and a teacher.

The Townville Elementary School shooting took place in the small South Carolina town just before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, when the gunman reportedly went to the school school building and began opening fire. It is not yet clear how long the shooting incident lasted, but a local SWAT team was called in and had deemed the school safe by 3 p.m., Fox Carolina reported.

Some reports indicated that the shooting took place on the school's playground, not inside. Pictures from the scene showed a pickup truck that had crashed into a fence at the school. It was believed that the truck had been driven by the suspect.

"One teacher was taken to AnMed Medical Center and two students were transported by helicopter to the pediatric center at Greenville Health System. The coroner said that two students had been shot and were being treated for non-life threatening injuries."

"GHS confirmed it has received one patient and AnMed was told to expect up to two patients."

"GHS confirmed it has received one patient and AnMed was told to expect up to two patients."

In a statement to the press after the shooting, police confirmed that the shooter was a white male and that there were no threats of terrorism or racial undertones to the attack.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene outside the Townville Elementary School in the wake of the shooting, with dozens of emergency response vehicles streaming down Highway 24 toward the building. The shooting drew a response from several agencies, including the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Anderson City Police, and the sheriff's departments from Anderson and Oconee counties.

There are many other details yet to emerge about the Townville Elementary School shooting and potential suspect Jesse Osborne, including a potential motive for the attack and what charges the suspect may face.

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