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Teacher and two students wounded in shooting at South Carolina primary school

Published 28/09/2016

The shooting was reported at Townville Elementary School in Anderson County on Wednesday afternoon
The shooting was reported at Townville Elementary School in Anderson County on Wednesday afternoon

A teenager opened fire at a South Carolina primary school, wounding two students and a teacher before the suspect was taken into custody, authorities have said.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore told the Anderson Independent Mail that authorities were responding to a death "believed to be related" to the school shooting about one-and-a-half miles away.

Mr Shore said the students do not appear to have life-threatening injuries.

Anderson County emergency services director Taylor Jones told reporters that all other students at Townville Elementary School were safe following the shooting.

The students were taken by bus to a nearby church and reunited with their parents.

Jamie Meredith, a student's mother, said some of the children went into the toilets during the shooting.

"I don't know how they knew to go in the bathroom, but I know her teacher was shaken up. I know all the kids were scared. There was a bunch of kids crying. She didn't talk for about five minutes when I got her," she told WYFF.

Television images showed officers swarming the school.

Some were on top of the roof while others were walking around the building.

Students were driven away on buses accompanied by police officers.

All of the roads to the school have been blocked off.

The school is in a very rural part of the state and surrounded by working farms.

Townville Elementary had about 300 students last year, according to its annual report last spring.

The rural town is located about 110 miles north east of Atlanta along Interstate 85 near the Georgia-South Carolina state line.

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