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.
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.
"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.