A 6-year-old boy shot and critically injured in a school shooting at Townville Elementary School on Wednesday has succumbed to his injuries.
The family of Jacob Hall announced his death Saturday afternoon, three days after Hall was shot by an armed teen while heading out to the school’s playground Wednesday. His family had previously said the bullet struck an artery in his leg, which led to massive blood loss and a brain injury. He had been on life support since Thursday.
“Jacob came into our lives six years and four months ago and changed it completely. He showed us how to love, laugh and smile even on days we did not want to,” the statement said. “God gave him to us and he was taken away from us by a senseless act. We know that Jacob has already forgiven this child for what he did to him and his family because that’s the kind of child he was. Jacob was sent to this earth for this short a period of time to show us that there is such a thing as pure love. Jacob is in heaven with God now and everyone who loves him. Words cannot express how much we will miss him.”
Hall is believed to be the first person to die from gun violence on South Carolina K-12 school grounds since 1995, when a teacher at Blackville-Hilda High School was shot in a hallway.
“Jacob was a tremendous fighter but was unable to overcome the catastrophic blood loss and resulting cardiopulmonary arrest caused when the bullet hit his femoral artery,” Greenville Health Systems Children’s Hospital pediatric surgeon Dr. Keith Webb said in a statement. “We grieve for the loss of this little boy and pray for his family as they work through this extraordinarily difficult time.”
The teen shooter faces another murder charge and two other attempted murder charge. A family court judge on Friday said there is enough evidence to justify keeping him in custody until his trial. South Carolina Radio Network will not identify the teen unless he is charged as an adult, a decision the 10th Circuit Solicitor’s Office will make at a later date.
Anderson County deputies believe Hall shot and killed his 47-year-old father Donald Osborne, before heading to the Townville school. After arriving at the school, he opened fire and hit Hall, plus a teacher and another student. The other two victims were treated and released from an Anderson hospital within a few hours.
Gov. Nikki Haley issued her own condolences on Saturday. “A beloved son and brother, Jacob will be missed but never forgotten,” she said in a statement released by the Governor’s Office. “Our hearts are broken for Jacob’s family. Please join Michael and me in lifting them up in prayer during this challenging time.” Haley had met with the Hall family at the hospital last week.