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CT massacre reminds some of Greenwood school shooting

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A June 2012 picture of James Wilson Jr. (SCDOC) A June 2012 picture of James Wilson Jr. (SCDOC)
GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The unspeakable violence at a grade school in Connecticut on Friday reminded some in the Upstate of a shooting at a Greenwood school more than 20 years ago.

On Friday, authorities said 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked into an elementary school in Newtown, CT, and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children.

On the morning of Sept. 26, 1988, James Wilson Jr., who had reportedly experienced psychiatric issues in the months leading up to the day, left his grandmother's house with a nine-round, .22-caliber revolver and drove to Oakland Elementary School in Greenwood, stopping to buy two boxes of ammunition on the way.

About 100 students were eating lunch when Wilson walked into the cafeteria and opened fire. A first-grade teacher and two students were hurt.

Wilson then reportedly walked toward classrooms, stopping to reload, and shot a physical education teacher who was trying to stop him. She was wounded in the hand and mouth. He then walked into a third-grade classroom and fired several shots, wounding six students and killing one. Another student would later die at a local hospital.

The same PE teacher he shot earlier eventually made her way to the room and forced Wilson to surrender.

Wilson surrendered to police when they arrived. He would plead guilty, but mentally ill, to two counts of murder and several counts of assault and battery a year later. He was sentenced to death.

Since then, all of Wilson's appeals have been denied. He remains on death row.

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