Hearing set for teen held in South Carolina school shooting

TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) – A judge will decide whether authorities can continue holding a teenager arrested after a school shooting that left two students and a teacher wounded and a tiny South Carolina community coping with the aftermath.

The juvenile who authorities say is also suspected of fatally shooting his father before the violence at Townville Elementary School was due in court Friday morning for an initial hearing.

Anderson County Solicitor Chrissy T. Adams said the public wouldn’t be allowed in because the suspect is a juvenile and prosecutors won’t provide additional details about the shooting, which occurred Wednesday.

“While I realize there are many unanswered questions, the investigation into this tragedy is in a critical stage, and is ongoing,” she said in a statement.

On Thursday, firefighters recounted the harrowing scene at the school, in a quiet community near the Georgia line. When two volunteer firefighters rolled up to the school, they said they found only a wrecked black pickup truck at the playground. There was no gunman and no one inside the truck.

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