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Upstate schools, law enforcement react to Townville shooting

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Parents hold hands while picking up Townville Elementary students. (Sep. 28, 2016/FOX Carolina) Parents hold hands while picking up Townville Elementary students. (Sep. 28, 2016/FOX Carolina)
TOWNVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Leaders in the Upstate spoke out on Wednesday after tragedy struck Townville Elementary School.

Deputies said a 14-year-old suspect hopped a fence and opened fire on the playground, wounding two students and a teacher. One of the students remains in critical condition at the Greenville Health System.

The Greenville County School District shared the following statement of support for Anderson:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the students, teachers, administrators, and families of Townville Elementary School and Anderson School District 4,” said Superintendent Burke Royster.  “We have offered the assistance of members of our emergency response team and other personnel, who are currently providing needed support to this community.”

The Oconee County School District released the following statement:

"The School District of Oconee County is terribly saddened by the events that took place in Townville today," said Dr. Michael Thorsland, district superintendent.

"Individuals have reported that the alleged shooter was a student in our district last school year," he continued.  "While information is always provided to law enforcement as they investigate crimes, the district is unable to share confidential information about individual students with the general public or the media."

"The SDOC will continue to keep the entire Anderson 4 family in our prayers. We stand ready to provide assistance to our neighbors at Townville Elementary as they work through this tragic event." 

The Oconee County Sheriff's Office released the following statement:

"Deputies from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office responded to provide assistance at the request of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office in regards to an active shooter situation that occurred at Townville Elementary School in Anderson County.

     The Sheriff’s Office received word of a reported active shooter at the school around 1:44pm this afternoon and immediately dispatched the first deputies to the scene as well as sending deputies to the area schools in Oconee County to ensure the safety of our students.  A request was made until more information became known for the area schools in Oconee County to go into a code yellow which means instruction inside the school continues as usual but no one is allowed into the building. School dismissal will take place in Oconee County on the normal schedule.

     Since that time, the Sheriff’s Office has been assisting the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office in regards to securing and clearing the school.  The Sheriff’s Office SWAT unit and additional resources have been activated to assist.

     Also, assets from Oconee County Emergency Services responded to the scene as well. 

     “I have spoken with Sheriff John Skipper in Anderson County and have offered to make available any resources and assistance from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office that he needs as the investigation continues,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw.

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