The family of a 6-year-old shot and critically injured in Wednesday afternoon’s shooting at Townville Elementary School now say he has been placed on life support due to a brain injury.
Jacob Hall’s family posted an update Friday morning on his condition, saying blood loss due to the gunshot wound caused the kindergartner to suffer a brain injury. “Jacob is a very sick little boy and is fighting for his life,” the statement said. “Jacob is in very critical condition, and we are hanging on every second.”
Greenville Health Systems officials say Hall remains in critical care. “Jacob was shot in the leg. The bullet hit his femoral artery, causing massive blood loss, which led to cardiopulmonary arrest,” GHS Children’s Hospital pediatric surgeon Dr. Keith Webb said. “He has undergone surgery and a number of procedures to try to stabilize his condition.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Hall’s parents pay their bills during the boy’s time in the hospital. The page said more than $112,000 had been raised as of Friday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the teen accused of shooting Hall and three others has now been charged with one count of murder and three for attempted murder. The charges were revealed during a family court hearing on Friday. The juvenile’s name has not been released due to his age, but investigators say he shot and killed his father 47-year-old Jeffrey Osborne shortly before driving to the Townville school.
Investigators still have not given a motive for the shootings, but say the suspect was homeschooled and has no ties to Townville of which they are aware.