6-year-old dies days after South Carolina school shooting

Courtesy: The Hall Family via WSPA
Courtesy: The Hall Family via WSPA

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Jacob Hall, the 6-year-old victim of a shooting at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina, has died at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Hall died just before 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon, according to the Anderson County Coroner.

He was shot Wednesday afternoon after deputies say a teenager shot at he and his classmates hitting two students and a teacher.

According to doctors, Hall had massive blood loss after being shot in the leg, which hit his femoral artery. He had undergone several surgeries to try to stabilize his condition, according to Dr. Keith Webb.

Jacob’s parents released the following statement about his passing:

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.”

Another student was shot in the foot and the teacher was hit in the shoulder, according to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. Both were released from the hospital the same day of the shooting.

Deputies say there is no known relationship between the suspect and the victims.

On Friday, an Anderson County judge charged the teen with murder and three counts of attempted murder.  The suspect is home-schooled and is not a student at any school in the district.

A family friend says he was expelled from his school last year for bringing a hatchet to school and attacking a child.

Deputies say they were on the scene within seven minutes and arrested the suspect.