At least two children and a teacher were injured in a shooting Wednesday at an elementary school in the southern US state of South Carolina, local media reported.
Authorities said they have a teen-aged suspect in custody and that the alleged shooter's father had been found shot to death at a home not far from the school, broadcaster WYFF reported.
The incidents are "connected," an official from the coroner's office said at a press conference.
Television images showed a massive police presence at Townville Elementary School. A nearby highway was closed, and a rescue helicopter was on the scene.
Captain Garland Major of the Anderson County Sheriff's Office said a handgun was used in the shooting, and that the victims included two boys and a female teacher.
One of the students was hit in the leg, and the other in the foot. The teacher sustained a shoulder injury. The wounds are not considered life threatening.
A school district official said the incident may have started on the school playground.
While shootings have become more commonplace in the US, they remain rare at schools. In 2012, a tragic mass shooting occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children were among 26 people killed.
Approximately 300 children attend Townville Elementary School.