A 12-year-old student died in a shooting at a South Carolina middle school on March 31, the student’s grandfather said.
The grandfather told Greenville News that the student died in Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital after a shooting at Tanglewood Middle School in Greenville.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office later confirmed in a Facebook post that the student, whose identity has not been released, died.
The victim was shot at least once, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Another 12-year-old student was taken into custody near campus, according to Greenville County Sherriff Hobart Lewis.
Lewis said the shooter “gave himself up” after hiding from law enforcement.
Authorities also recovered the handgun used in the shooting.
The incident occurred inside the school at around 12:30 p.m. local time when a school resource officer requested emergency backup after a student was shot, according to Lewis.
Around 100 deputies and officers from numerous agencies, including State Law Enforcement Division, responded to the scene.
Authorities charged the suspect of murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, possession of a firearm on school property, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a person under the age of 18.
The suspect’s motive and how he obtained the firearm is still under investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the victim and the suspect knew each other and that the incident was an isolated case.
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