Authorities credit firefighter Jamie Brock with bringing down suspect
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.
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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.”
Skipper said the teen started firing after getting out of his vehicle in the parking lot near the playground.
Witnesses told police it appeared the boy was headed toward the school. 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.
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 taken to AnMed Health Center were released Wednesday evening, hospital spokesman Ross Norton told CNN.
The other child was taken to Greenville Health System emergency trauma center by helicopter, spokeswoman Sandy Dees said. Dees told CNN on Wednesday night that student was in critical condition.
Gov. Nikki Haley said she would make sure law enforcement would have the resources it needed as investigators do their work.
CNN’s AnneClaire Stapleton, Tony Marco and Emanuella Grinberg contributed to this report.