Octavia Spencer and More React to South Carolina Elementary School Shooting that Left Three People Injured
Octavia Spencer took to Twitter on Wednesday following the elementary school shooting in South Carolina that left three people wounded.
“”South Carolina” bringing guns onto school campuses is beyond me. Our kids and educators should not have to live in fear of being shot!” the actress tweeted.
Two students and a female teacher were injured on Wednesday afternoon at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina.
Taylor Batson, the Young Miss. Teen South Carolina 2016, also tweeted about the incident, saying “Prayer is a powerful thing.”
Still Alice actress Julianne Moore retweeted both Spencer’s tweet and tweets by Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
“Today’s school shooting in Townville was 197th since Jan. 2013, the 37th in 2016, and the 2nd this year in South Carolina,” Watts tweeted.
A 14-year-old suspect is in custody, according to an Anderson County, South Carolina, sheriff’s deputy who spoke to local media.
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The suspect’s father, 47-year-old Jeffrey Osborne, was found dead near the school, according to Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore, PEOPLE confirms.
Osborne’s death is connected to the shooting and Shore’s office is investigating, he said.
The suspect, who has not been identified, allegedly used a handgun, Townville police Capt. Garland Major said at a Wednesday news conference.
Nely Ramirez went to Oakdale to pick up her nieces and bring them back to their mother. She told PEOPLE about the aftermath of the shooting.
“I saw a lot of parents hugging their kids and crying, crying, crying,” she said. “Everyone is really shaken up. We’re going to hug our families tight tonight.”