Mother, aunt of teen school shooting suspect release statements - FOX Carolina 21

Mother, aunt of teen school shooting suspect release statements

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The scene at Townville Elementary School after 3 were injured in a shooting. (FOX Carolina/ 9/28/16) The scene at Townville Elementary School after 3 were injured in a shooting. (FOX Carolina/ 9/28/16)
TOWNVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said a homicide scene was connected to a school shooting at Townville Elementary School, Wednesday.

After officers said a 14-year-old gunman opened fire on the playground of Townville Elementary School injuring a teacher and two students, deputies later shared in a press conference that the teen shooting suspect's father had been found dead at his Osborne Road home, less than three miles from the school.

Anderson County coroner Greg Shore said that 47-year-old Jeffrey Osborne had suffered gunshot wounds and that his death was ruled a homicide.

Following the tragic chain of tragic events that unfolded, an aunt of the Townville school shooting suspect released a statement:

“If ever there were a moment I wish that I could turn back time, yesterday would be that day. My family will release a statement at a press conference this afternoon. I want to express my heartfelt prayers for the children and teacher involved in yesterday’s shooting. May God heal you and keep you safe! Thank you to the firefighter who apprehended my nephew protecting others and himself. I have no words to express the heartbreak I feel…hug the ones you love and always tell them you love them.  Your messages, texts and calls have humbled us. Thank you and please continue to pray for all involved as we never know what each day holds.” 

-Mitzi Clark Richards

The teen suspect's mother also released a statement through an Upstate pastor:

Our entire family is absolutely shocked and saddened by the senseless actions of  our son and grandson.

We are praying and will continue to do so for the two precious children who were wounded,  and for their courageous teacher who was wounded while rescuing the children.

We cannot express the devastation we feel at the loss of our beloved Jeff.

We are thankful to have friends who have expressed their sympathy and support to Tiffney at the loss of her husband. Please pray for our family that the Lord will help us as we face this unimaginable ordeal.

-Pastor James South, Spokesperson for Tiffney Osborne

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