Boy, 6, dies days after South Carolina school shooting

Jacob Hall (Source: WSPA)
Jacob Hall (Source: WSPA)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy who was critically wounded in a school shooting died Saturday, days after a 14-year-old boy opened fire on a school playground, authorities said.

Jacob Hall had been fighting for his life at a hospital after a bullet struck him in a main artery in his leg, causing him a major brain injury due to the loss of blood. Jacob died about 1 p.m., Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said.

Jacob’s family released this statement after his death:

Our son, Jacob Hall, who was shot at Townville Elementary School on Wednesday, died today surrounded by family at Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital. 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. 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.

We want to express our thanks and appreciation to the community for the outpouring of love and support. We also want to thank the doctors and nurses at GHS Children’s Hospital, who did everything in their power to try to save Jacob, and to Ms. Hollingsworth, who put her life on the line to try to protect and save Jacob. We also want to thank Preacher Blizzard and the staff of Oakdale Baptist Church, the Townville Rescue Squad, Townville Fire Department, Fire Chief Billy McAdams and all of the first responders. This is an extremely difficult time for our family, and we ask for privacy as we continue to grieve the loss of our beloved son. Funeral arrangements will be shared on Monday.”

– Renae and Rodger Hall

Authorities say the teenager killed his own father on Wednesday and drove a pickup truck a few miles to Townville Elementary, where he started firing a handgun. Jacob, another student and a first-grade teacher were wounded. The teacher and the other student were treated and released from a hospital.

Authorities have said there is no known relationship between the suspect and the victims at the school.

Jacob has been surrounded by his family at Greenville Memorial Hospital since he was wounded. His physician also released this statement:

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. We grieve for the loss of this little boy and pray for his family as they work through this extraordinarily difficult time.”

– Dr. Keith Webb, GHS Children’s Hospital

Jacob’s great aunt, Rebecca Hunnicutt, told WYFF-TV before his death that Jacob was going to do great things, and “because of a senseless crime that nobody will probably ever really know why, that little life is cut short.

“Jacob is one of these kids that you’d swear was carved out of cream cheese,” she said. “He is as beautiful on the inside as he is on the out.”

The teenager was charged as a juvenile Friday with murder and three counts of attempted murder. The Associated Press typically does not identify juveniles charged with crimes.

An autopsy will be performed within the next couple of days. Once the results are in, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office says it will meet to discuss the possibility of charges against the teen being upgraded.

Authorities have not released a motive for either shooting.

Classes at Townville Elementary are set to resume Monday.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office says their thoughts and prayers remain with Jacob’s family through this difficult time.