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Boy dies after Townville Elementary shooting, 2 others recovering

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TOWNVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

One of three victims shot on the playground of Townville Elementary School has died.

First grader Jacob Hall died Saturday at Greenville Memorial Hospital's Children's Hospital, according to the Anderson County coroner.

Coroner Greg Shore said the boy died at 12:46 p.m.

The 6-year-old sustained a major brain injury due to the amount of blood loss he suffered. He was placed on life support and never regained consciousness since he was hospitalized, per the family.

The Greenville Health System released this statement of behalf of Jacob's family.

“Our son, Jacob Hall, who was shot at Townville Elementary School on Wednesday, died today surrounded by family at Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital. Jacob came into our lives six years and four months ago and changed it completely. He showed us how to love, laugh and smile even on days we did not want to. God gave him to us and he was taken away from us by a senseless act. We know that Jacob has already forgiven this child for what he did to him and his family because that's the kind of child he was. Jacob was sent to this earth for this short a period of time to show us that there is such a thing as pure love. Jacob is in heaven with God now and everyone who loves him. Words cannot express how much we will miss him.We want to express our thanks and appreciation to the community for the outpouring of love and support. We also want to thank the doctors and nurses at GHS Children’s Hospital, who did everything in their power to try to save Jacob, and to Ms. Hollingsworth, who put her life on the line to try to protect and save Jacob. We also want to thank Preacher Blizzard and the staff of Oakdale Baptist Church, the Townville Rescue Squad, Townville Fire Department, Fire Chief Billy McAdams and all of the first responders. This is an extremely difficult time for our family, and we ask for privacy as we continue to grieve the loss of our beloved son. Funeral arrangements will be shared on Monday.” – Renae and Rodger Hall

Renae Hall spoke to FOX Carolina about Jacob's life and said "her superhero" would have a fitting funeral. He will be laid to rest on Wednesday, Oct. 5, wearing a super hero costume. Pallbearers will also be dressed as superheroes and and anyone who attends is encouraged to do the same. Read more about plans for Jacob's super funeral.

Dr. Keith Webb with GHS Children’s Hospital, Jacob's doctor, also released a statement Saturday afternoon.

“Jacob was a tremendous fighter but was unable to overcome the catastrophic blood loss and resulting cardiopulmonary arrest caused when the bullet hit his femoral artery. We grieve for the loss of this little boy and pray for his family as they work through this extraordinarily difficult time.” 

Anderson County District Four Superintendent Joanne Avery also reacted to the news of Jacob's passing.

"Despite a strong fight these past few days, his life was cut short by this tragedy that cannot be explained or easily understood," Avery said, adding that Jacob will not be forgotten.

Read Avery's full statement here.

Shore said an autopsy would be conducting within the coming days.

Deputies with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office said they would confer with the Solicitor's Office once the autopsy results came in to determine if charges against the teen shooting suspect would be upgraded.

“We have all been affected by this terrible event”, stated Sheriff John Skipper. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with Jacob’s family during this difficult time.”  

On Sunday, firefighters at Townville Fire Department hosted a blood drive in Jacob's memory. Donors could also sign cards and poster's for Jacob's family and for the second boy who was shot at the school. The second child, Collin, is home recovering. A GoFundMe has also been started to help Collin's family.

Earlier Statements

On Friday, Jacob's parents thanked the community for the support they had been given.

“We appreciate the community’s support, especially the Townville Rescue Squad who treated Jacob onsite and brought him to the hospital,” said Rodger and Renae Hall, Jacob’s parents. “We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers and ask for privacy during this difficult time.”

A GoFundMe account was set up to help pay for Jacob Hall's medical expenses. After raising more than $122,000, the family decided to shut down the account since they had enough help to cover their needs.

His family addressed the media on Thursday to discuss his condition. Relatives said Jacob had already undergone surgery in the hospital but as of 7:30 p.m., was too weak to endure any further surgeries.

"As long as his heart's beating, we've got hope," his great-aunt Rebecca Hunnicutt said.

His family described Jacob as angelic.

"Jacob was one of these kids who you would swear was carved out of cream cheese," Hunnicutt said. "He is as beautiful on the inside as he is on the out."

Below is a full statement from Jacob's family on his condition:

As you all know, our nephew Jacob Hall was one of the victims in the senseless shooting at Townville Elementary Wednesday afternoon. The support and love that has been shown by the entire state has been overwhelming and very much appreciated.

Jacob is a very sick little boy and is fighting for his life. Due to the massive blood loss he has sustained a major brain injury. Jacob is in very critical condition, and we are hanging on every second.

Please continue to pray for Jacob and the other victims of this horrible, senseless act. Thank you all for respecting our family as we prepare for the days ahead.

We want to give special thanks to the doctors and nurses and to Travis Page for starting the GoFundMe page so Jacob’s family can spend every moment they can with him. We also want to thank Pastor David Blizzard and Associate Pastor Tim Marcengill with Oakdale Baptist Church. 

God Bless You All, 

The Bridges, Gambrell and Hall families 

Dr. Keith Webb of the Greenville Health System released the following statement:

Jacob was shot in the leg. The bullet hit his femoral artery, causing massive blood loss, which led to cardiopulmonary arrest. He has undergone surgery and a number of procedures to try to stabilize his condition. He remains in critical condition.”

In an update on Thursday, the family posted that cards for Jacob can be sent to the following address:

Rodger Hall
323 Hickory Ridge Rd.
Townville, SC 29689

Click here for the latest on the investigation.

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