NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Saturday, October 1, 2016, 4:19 PM
A South Carolina 6-year-old who was shot at his elementary school died Saturday, days after he lost 75% of his blood when a bullet ripped through his thigh.
Jacob Hall, a first-grader at Townville Elementary School, had been in critical condition since the Wednesday shooting. He died around 1 p.m. on Saturday, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said.
“God took his strongest soldier,” Gerald Gambrell, one of Jacob’s adult brothers, wrote on Facebook “Jacob will be with us forever and always in our hearts. I love you little brother and I can’t wait till the day we meet again.”
The boy sustained major brain damage from the massive blood loss and was placed on life support when he went into cardiac arrest, his family said.
Jacob Hall, a first grader at Townville Elementary, died from injuries he sustained in a Wednesday school shooting.
Sandy Hook Promise, an anti-gun group established after 20 students were killed at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, offered its condolences to Jacob’s family Saturday.
“We know firsthand the anguish his friends, family, teachers and classmates are facing,” the group said in a statement. “This didn’t have to happen, it should not have happened, and we are deeply saddened to add Townville, and any town, to the growing list of American communities forever touched by gun violence.”
Jacob was one of three people shot on-campus during the Wednesday shooting. The two other victims — another 6-year-old boy and teacher Meghan Hollingsworth — sustained non-life threatening injuries and were released from the hospital hours after the attack.
Members of law enforcement investigate an area at Townville Elementary School on Wednesday.
Police said the suspected shooter, identified by local media as 14-year-old Jesse Osborne, killed his father inside their family home before driving a pickup truck 3 miles down a country road to Townville Elementary.
The teen, who is not old enough to have a driver’s license, only needed to make two turns to arrive at the red brick school — where he crashed the truck, got out and opened fire during recess.
He was charged as a juvenile with one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder Friday, a day before Jacob died.
Korrie Bennett hugs Heather Bailey after recovering their children following a shooting at Townville Elementary.
Police have not determined a motive in the shootings. It’s unclear if the teen — who was homeschooled after being suspended for bringing a weapon to class — targeted the teacher and boys, or fired at random, police said.
Jacob’s adult brother Rodger Dale Hall said he was at work Wednesday when he learned about the shooting. His boss drove him to the hospital, and they listened to news updates on the radio on the way there. One of the hosts urged listened to pray for the victims and their families, he recalled.
“You hear stuff like that on the radio but it is never you,” Hall told NBC News. “It’s a big difference when you pray for other families and you (are) being prayed for.”
With News Wire Services