Police Search For Motive In Elementary School Shooting

Police are searching for a motive in a shooting at an elementary school in South Carolina and a nearby death that may be connected.


According to The Greenville News, a teenager is in custody after being accused of shooting two young students and injuring a teacher this afternoon at Townville Elementary in Anderson County. The students are in non-life-threatening condition, and it's unclear how the teacher was injured.

Around the corner from the school, police also found a man's body that they believe could be connected. Authorities have not released a possible motive for the suspect.

According to CNN, the mother of one of the students said her daughter was terrified after huddling in a bathroom while shots were being fired.

"Her teacher was shaken up," her mother said. "I know all the kids were scared. There was a bunch of kids crying. [My daughter] didn't talk for about five minutes when I got her. ... I'm just so scared. I don't even want her to go to school now."

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who is visiting the scene, released a statement saying, "As we work together with law enforcement to make sure they have the support they need to investigate what happened in Townville, Michael and I ask that everyone across South Carolina join us in praying for the entire Townville Elementary School family and those touched by today's tragedy."

Still fresh in the public's memory is the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that killed 20 young children and six adults, as well as the shooter's mother.

Please pray for the victims of today's attack and for justice to be served. Thank the Lord that more people were not injured or killed.