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Family spokesperson reacts to Townville shooting suspect's arrest

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TOWNVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A family spokesperson discussed the arrest of a 14-year-old accused of opening fire on the playground of Townville Elementary School. (Note: The family spokesperson confirmed the name of the suspect prior to the court hearing in which the teen's charges and status as a juvenile were announced.)

The spokesperson, who asked to remain anonymous, identified the suspect as Jesse Osborne. He said Jesse just celebrated his 14th birthday and was shocked by what happened on Wednesday at the school.

"The Jesse I know is a 14-year-old country boy, farm boy, straight-A student," the spokesperson said. "This is completely out of character."

He said the Osborne family didn't have issues at home.

"That's why this has been such a shock," he said. "He and his dad got along wonderfully, Jeff and his wife Tiffney got along wonderfully. Their life was about their family and their farm. They loved each other."

Jesse did, however, have previous issues in schools including a a disciplinary issue at Oakdale Middle School, the spokesman said.

He said Tiffney Osborne is distraught by the actions of her son.

"His mother is just as upset at her son as other people are," the spokesperson said. "But it's still her son."

Solicitor Chrissy Adams said Jesse will appear for a detention hearing at the Anderson County Courthouse at 11 a.m. on Friday. Adams said the hearing will determine probable cause for the juvenile's detention status.

"While I realize there are many unanswered questions, the investigation into this tragedy is in a critical stage, and is ongoing," Adams said. "Therefore, given the sensitive nature of the parties involved, and the gravity of the incidents that occurred, we ask for patience as law enforcement and my office continue the
hard work of seeing that justice is done."

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