A volunteer firefighter stopped a teenager who shot two students and a teacher outside a South Carolina elementary school after killing his father at their home, the Associated Press reports. Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said the shooter was apprehended yesterday afternoon outside rural Townville Elementary School before he could get inside the building. Firefighter Jamie Brock, a 30-year veteran of the Townville Volunteer Fire Department down the road from the school, “just took him down,” the sheriff said. He said the fire station is close to the school and Brock arrived before others officers responding to the dispatch.
Authorities said the shooting spree began at the teen’s house 2 miles from the school, where he gunned down his 47-year-old father, Jeffrey Osborne. Crying and upset, the teen called his grandmother’s cellphone at 1:44 p.m. The grandparents couldn’t understand what was going on, so they went to his home 100 yards away, where they found Osborne dead and their grandson gone. About one minute later, authorities received a 911 call from a teacher at the school in the rural town 110 miles northeast of Atlanta.