A coroner says a 6-year-old boy has died days after he was critically wounded in a school shooting in South Carolina.
Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said Jacob Hall died about 1 p.m. Saturday. Jacob had been fighting for his life at a hospital since the shooting Wednesday at Townville Elementary School. A bullet struck Hall in a main artery in his leg, causing him to lose a lot of blood.
Shore said an autopsy would take place within the next couple of days. Once those results have been received, the Sheriff's Office and the Solicitor's Office will discuss whether to upgrade any of the charges against the shooter.
"We have all been affected by this terrible event," Sheriff John Skipper said.
Authorities say another student and a first-grade teacher were also shot when a 14-year-old boy opened fire on a playground. They were treated and released.
A GoFundMe page was set up by a friend of Jacob Hall's family and had raised about $100,000 by noon Friday. The boy's parents needed financial assistance after missing work to be with him in the hospital, according a message on the crowd funding site.
Sandy Hook Promise, an organization that advocates for gun control legislation, founded by family members who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, sent condolences to Jacob Hall's family and the community.
In a statement, Sandy Hook Promise said its members are "heartsick" over Hall's death. "We know firsthand the anguish his friends, family, teachers and classmates are facing. This didn’t have to happen, it should not have happened, and we are deeply saddened to add Townville, and any town, to the growing list of American communities forever touched by gun violence."
The small Connecticut town of Newtown was thrust onto the world stage on December 14, 2012, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 school children and six teachers.
Authorities say the teen killed his father before he drove to the school. He was charged as a juvenile Friday with murder and three counts of attempted murder.
Authorities have not released a motive.