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

Update 9.20pm: A teenager opened fire at a South Carolina primary school on Wednesday, wounding two students and a teacher before the suspect was taken into custody, a law enforcement officer 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 also said the students do not appear to have life-threatening injuries.

Lilly Chapman, 8, cries after being reunited with her father, John Chapman at Oakdale Baptist Church on Wednesday.
Lilly Chapman, 8, cries after being reunited with her father, John Chapman at Oakdale Baptist Church on Wednesday.

The unidentified officer who spoke to reporters on live television said all other students at the Townville Elementary School were safe following the shooting and that parents are being told to pick up their children at a nearby church.

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 rural area near Lake Hartwell, which is located near Interstate 85 and the Georgia state line.

Update 8.20pm: Two students and a teacher have been wounded and flown to hospitals after a shooting at a South Carolina primary school, according to a law enforcement officer.

Speaking on live television, the unidentified officer said all other students at Townville Elementary School were safe following the shooting.

The officer added that parents are being told to pick up their children at a nearby church.

Update 8.10pm: Two students and a teacher have been wounded in a shooting at a South Carolina primary school, and a teenage suspect is in custody, an official said.

Earlier: Officers are responding to a reported shooting at a primary school in South Carolina.

News media outlets quote Anderson County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Sheila Cole as saying the shooting was reported at Townville Elementary School in Anderson County on Wednesday afternoon.

WYFF TV reports that helicopters landed by the school and students were taken to a nearby church.

The school is located near the Georgia state line.

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