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Boy dies after US school shooting

Lilly Chapman, 8, cries after being reunited with her father, John Chapman after the shooting at Townville Elementary School. Picture: AP/Rainier Ehrhardt

A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy who was critically wounded in a school shooting on Wednesday has died, 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 1pm on Saturday, and an autopsy will be done Sunday, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said. The hospital will release more details about his death, the coroner said.

Authorities say Jacob, another student and a first-grade teacher at Townville Elementary were wounded by the teenager, who had just killed his father at their home. After the slaying, the teen — who is not old enough to have a driver’s license — drove a pick-up truck about three miles (4.8km) down a country road, crashed at the school and started firing with a handgun, authorities said.

Townville Elementary students look out of the window of a school bus as they are transported to a local church following the shooting. Picture: Katie McLean/The Independent-Mail via AP

Townville Elementary students look out of the window of a school bus as they are transported to a local church following the shooting. Picture: Katie McLean/The Independent-Mail via APSource:AP

The wounded were struck as a door opened for recess. Another teacher who heard the first gunshot was able to get other students safely inside, Anderson 4 Superintendent Joanne Avery has said.

The teacher and the other wounded student were treated and released from a hospital.

Jacob has been surrounded by his family at Greenville Memorial Hospital since he was wounded. He has seven brothers and sisters, relatives have said.

Judge Edgar Long presides over a hearing of the 14-year old charged after the deadly shooting spree. Picture: Ken Ruinard /The Independent-Mail via AP

Judge Edgar Long presides over a hearing of the 14-year old charged after the deadly shooting spree. Picture: Ken Ruinard /The Independent-Mail via APSource:AP

“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,” his great-aunt Rebecca Hunnicutt told WYFF before his death.

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

Authorities have not released a motive for either shooting.

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.