SC School Shootings: Meet the Heroes Who Helped Save Lives

When a teen allegedly opened fire at an elementary school playground in South Carolina, wounding three people, quick action by teachers and emergency responders helped save lives, authorities say.

Here are the people who jumped in to help:

Veteran firefighter

Authorities have credited volunteer firefighter Jamie Brock with bringing down the suspect.

Brock, a 30-year-veteran who responded to the school, tackled the gunman and stopped him, Anderson County Deputy Chief Keith Smith told CNN affiliate WYFF

“Mr. Brock is a big fellow,” Sheriff John Skipper said. His quick, selfless action ended the gunfire, officials said.

The firefighter declined to talk to the media, only telling the affiliate that he did “what any other firefighter would do.”


The teachers

Skipper said the teen started firing after getting out of his vehicle in the parking lot near the playground.

Witnesses told police it appeared he was headed toward the school, and several teachers locked doors to prevent him from getting in.


Joanne Avery, superintendent of Anderson County School District 4, said school personnel have participated in active-shooter training before, which helped save lives.

The nurses

School nurses and emergency responders saved the life of a boy who was shot in the leg, said Scott Stoller, the director of EMS in Anderson County. “Training, proper equipment is absolutely critical and without their early intervention the outcome would have been very different,” he said.

The teacher and one student were hospitalized and released Wednesday evening, hospital spokesman Ross Norton told CNN.

The other child was taken to a trauma center by helicopter, and was in critical condition Wednesday night.


What happened?

A minute before a teen allegedly opened fire, he called his grandparents’ cellphone, sobbing and mumbling unintelligibly, authorities say.

It was 1:44 p.m. local time.

His grandparents could barely hear the 14-year-old because of his crying, CNN affiliate WYFF reported. So they headed next door, where he lived, to check on him.


But instead of the teen, the grandparents found the body of their son — his father. Their grandson was nowhere to be found, according to the affiliate.

At about 1:45 p.m., a teacher called 911 to report a shooting at the playground behind nearby Townville Elementary School.

The teen allegedly drove a Dodge Ram onto school property and jumped a fence to access the playground, according to CNN affiliate WNHS. It said he never entered the school.

By the time the gunfire stopped, he’d wounded two students and a teacher, authorities say.

The teen, who was not identified because he is a minor, was taken down by BrockĀ and detained by deputies.


3 wounded, father dead

The father, who was identified as Jeffrey Osborne, 47, suffered gunshot wounds, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said.

Away from the home, at the elementary school 2 miles away, one male student was critically injured with a gunshot to the leg and another boy was struck in the foot. A female teacher was wounded in the shoulder, sheriff’s Capt. Garland Major said.

The teacher and one student were treated at a local health center and released Wednesday evening, hospital spokesman Ross Norton told CNN. A third victim was transported to a hospital in critical condition, officials said.

CNN’s AnneClaire Stapleton, Tony Marco and Emanuella Grinberg contributed to this report.