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Teen Kills Dad, Shoots 2 Children, Teacher at US School, Officials Say

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Members of law enforcement investigate an area at Townville Elementary School in Townville, South Carolina, after a shooting, Sept. 28, 2016.

Members of law enforcement investigate an area at Townville Elementary School in Townville, South Carolina, after a shooting, Sept. 28, 2016.

A 14-year-old boy killed his father Wednesday before going to a nearby elementary school and shooting two children and a teacher in South Carolina, authorities said. The suspect was in custody.

Townville, South Carolina

Townville, South Carolina

The shooting happened at Townville Elementary School in Anderson County, located near the Georgia state line about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta.

Captain Garland Major with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office said one of the students was shot in the leg and the other in the foot. Both are 6-year-old boys. The female teacher was hit in the shoulder.

Joey Taylor walks with his daughter, Josie, after picking her up at Oakdale Baptist Church in Townville, S.C., Sept. 28, 2016. Students were evacuated to the church after a shooting at Townville Elementary School.

Joey Taylor walks with his daughter, Josie, after picking her up at Oakdale Baptist Church in Townville, S.C., Sept. 28, 2016. Students were evacuated to the church after a shooting at Townville Elementary School.

"We are heartbroken about this senseless act of violence,'' said Joanne Avery, superintendent of Anderson County School District 4. She canceled classes for the rest of the week.

Townville Elementary had about 300 students in its pre-kindergarten-to-sixth-grade classrooms last year, according to its annual state report card.

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