Two children injured in US elementary school shooting

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.

Last update: Thu, 29/09/2016 - 00:20
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