Townville Elementary gunman pleads guilty to school shooting and murder of father

Townville Elementary gunman pleads guilty to school shooting and murder of father

To be honest I haven’t been paying too much attention to what’s been going on with the Townville Elementary school shooting lately. For those of you who may not remember, back in September of 2016, 14-year-old Jesse Osborne shot and killed his father, 47-year-old Jeffrey Dewitt Osborne, before taking his father’s truck and driving it to the school.

Osborne opened fire on the school and struck three students before his gun jammed. Tragically, 6-year-old Jacob Hall died from his injuries days after the shooting. The last bit of news I heard about the shooting before this post was back in April of this year when it was announced that Osborne was being charged as an adult.

Fast forward to yesterday when it was made public that the now 16-year-old Osborne has pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder. Since he’s been charged as an adult, Osborne is facing a potential maximum sentence of two life sentences without the possibility of parole, plus 90 years. Prosecutors have no intentions of cutting him any deals either.  Tenth Circuit Solicitor David Wagner said the following…

“The State will not be entering into any plea deals with Jesse Osborne. I am seeking the maximum sentence in this case, life without parole, which is the appropriate sentence for the murder of six-year-old Jacob Hall, and the attempted murders of his classmates and teachers.”

For all of those who may be sympathetic towards Osborne and say that the sentence is too tough, save your sympathy for Jacob Hall who didn’t even know his attacker and spent his last remaining days in a hospital bleeding to death.

Osborne is expected to sentenced sometime in Spring or Summer of 2019.

911 call claims 2nd shooter at Townville Elementary

911 call claims 2nd shooter at Townville Elementary

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.

Additional charges in Townville Elementary School Shooting

Additional charges in Townville Elementary School Shooting

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 victim of Townville Elementary shooting dies

6-year-old victim of Townville Elementary shooting dies

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.

More on the Townville Elementary School shooting

More on the Townville Elementary School shooting

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.

(Sources)
CBS News
The Post and Courier
WYFF
Independent Mail
The State

Shooting at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina

Shooting at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina

Earlier today, a teen suspect opened fire on Townville Elementary School in Townville, South Carolina. Two children and a female teacher were struck by bullets, although their injuries are said to be non-life threatening. The suspect has been taken into custody and is believed to be connected to a death in Townville that took place earlier in the day. The deceased is said to be an adult male whose body was found at a residence.

I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows. The only thing I’ll comment on right now is that I’m surprised it took this long into the school year for something like this to happen.