Shooting victim Jacob Hall was air-lifted to a local hospital where he underwent surgery for a gunshot wound, officials say

By Harriet Sokmensuer
Updated September 30, 2016 11:40 AM
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Jacob Hall, one of the students wounded in Wednesday’s elementary school shooting in South Carolina, is on life support and in “very critical condition,” PEOPLE confirms.

“Jacob is a very sick little boy and is fighting for his life,” his family said in a statement to PEOPLE. “Due to the massive blood loss, he has sustained a major brain injury. Jacob is in very critical condition, and we are hanging on every second.”

Jacob, 6, was shot along with another student and a female teacher Wednesday afternoon at Townville Elementary School in Anderson County, South Carolina.

Townville teacher Meghan Hollingsworth and the second student, also 6 years old, were released from AnMed Health Medical Center Wednesday evening, AnMed spokesman Ross Norton told PEOPLE.

Hollingsworth was shot in the shoulder while the student, who has not been identified, was shot in the foot, according to authorities.

According to doctors, Jacob was shot in the leg, his family said. The bullet hit his femoral artery, causing massive blood loss leading to cardiopulmonary arrest.

“Please continue to pray for Jacob and the other victims of this horrible, senseless act,” Jacob’s family said in their statement. “Thank you all for respecting our family as we prepare for the days ahead.”

A GoFundMe page has been started to help pay for Jacob’s medical expenses.

Shooting Suspect in Court on Friday

The shooting suspect, a 14-year-old boy who has not been identified, was subdued by a volunteer firefighter who has since been widely praised for his actions, authorities said.

The suspect’s father, 47-year-old Jeffrey Osborne, was found dead near the school in what officials have told PEOPLE is a related incident.

Officials have not publicly discussed a motive and it remains unclear what charges the suspect will face in the shooting.

The suspect is set to make his first court appearance Friday morning at Anderson County Family Court. PEOPLE has not been able to reach the Osborne family for comment.

On Thursday, Anderson County District Four Superintendent Dr. Joanne Avery released a statement addressed to the school’s families.

“We are shaken, but feel fortunate that the injuries were not more numerous or more severe,” Avery wrote.

She wrote that the suspect allegedly started shooting at a door located in the rear of the school, as a class began to exit for recess. Officials have said the shooting started after 1 p.m.

Townville Elementary School will reopen for class on Monday.