Early last week the 911 calls to police from the Townville Elementary School shooting were released. In one of those calls the caller claimed that there was a second shooter in the area. Does this mean that Jesse Osborne had an accomplice that is currently at large? Not at all.
As I’ve discussed before second shooters in school shootings are rare and have only happened at Columbine and Jonesboro. Reportings of second shooters are usually due to multiple eyewitness reports of the same shooter or someone claiming that someone fleeing from the site is another shooter.
So don’t read too much into second shooter claims. Initial reports from school shootings are often incomplete or even downright wrong. The odds are it’s just two different witnesses describing the same person.
I don’t know why this should matter, but it turns out that the volunteer fireman, Jamie Brock, who was first on the scene was armed. No word on if Brock used his firearm when he subdued gunman, Jesse Osborne.
As expected, Jesse Osborne has been charged with a second count of murder, after 6-year-old victim Jacob Hall died from his injuries. This is in addition to the initial charge of murder for the shooting death of Osborne’s father, Jeffrey Dewitt Osborne. Osborne was also charged with another charge of attempted murder as a new juvenile victim was identified. That victim’s injuries were said to be minor.
Prosecutors in South Carolina have asked the court to try Osborne as an adult. As I mentioned before, under SC law a 14-year-old charged with murder can be charged as an adult. The court will rule on this once Osborne has been psychologically evaluated. As of this posting, no motive has yet to be made public.
UPDATE 4/18/2018: A judge has ruled Osborne will be tried as an adult.
6-year-old Jacob Hall was the victim from the Townville Elementary school shooting who was in critical condition after losing a massive amount of blood. Unfortunately, Jacob died from his injuries earlier today.
The shooter’s name has also been made public and he is 14-year-old Jesse Osborne. Osborne is believed to have also shot and killed his father, 47-year-old Jeffrey Dewitt Osborne.
My prayers and condolences go out to the Hall family and the community affected by the shooting.
Thanks to @Shearere13 for the tip.
The man who was found murdered was 47-year-old Jeffrey Dewitt Osborne, the father of the 14-year-old shooter. The shooter’s name has still not been released due to his age. The boy allegedly shot his father several times in the chest before the boy called his grandmother in hysterics. His grandmother couldn’t understand him so she went to their home where she found Mr. Osborne’s body. It was shortly after that when it’s believed the shooter opened fire with a handgun on the playground section of the school.
Yesterday, I mentioned that the injuries the victims received were non-life threatening, that wasn’t exactly correct. One of the 6-year-old children almost died from his injuries and is still in critical condition. One witness has said that the shooter had additional ammo with him and it could have been worse if the gun had not repeatedly jammed. The shooter was subdued by a volunteer firefighter who was first on the scene. No motive has been disclosed as of yet, and the shooter’s connection to the school is unknown as he was said to have been home schooled after being suspended for allegedly bringing a weapon to school. One of the students has been quoted as saying that she heard the shooter say that he hated his life. The shooter was also said to be wearing all black at the time of the shooting.
While it has not yet been discussed, under South Carolina law, a 14-year-old who is charged with murder can be tried as an adult.
If I had to hazard a guess at this time, with this preliminary information, I wouldn’t be surprised if the kid turned out to be a ‘columbiner’, or what I prefer to call a ‘mutant’, in other words, a school shooting fanboy. Usually an entitled selfish kid who feels that some minor transgression they perceive against them is worth killing for. As always though, this is just my amateur opinion at this point. I’d also be interested in knowing how the shooter obtained the weapon each time.
Lastly what I’d like to add is that it’s not unusual for a school shooter to kill a family member before they attack the school. Kip Kinkel killed his parents, Jeff Weise killed his grandfather who was his custodial guardian, and Alvaro Castillo killed his father. In many cases when a child kills a parent there are accusations of child abuse, it will be interesting to see if those claims are made.
UPDATE 10/1/2016: The shooter has so far been charged as a juvenile on one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder.
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