Townville, SC – Townville Fire Chief Billy McAdams could barely articulate the dramatic and dangerous events Wednesday after an active shooter came to Townville elementary campus. Chief McAdams and volunteer firefighter Jamie Brock were on scene within minutes.
“There was people from the school; teachers and staff at the back door and were calling for police to come inside,” said Chief McAdams. “They had an injured child, another injured child, and a teacher.”
The two firefighters decided split up. McAdams went inside the school; Brock canvassed the outside looking for the shooter. McAdams says Meghan Hollingsworth, a teacher, helped move children from one class to the other working through her injury. A nurse was treating 6-year old Jacob Hall, who was severely wounded.
“Teacher Hollingsworth at that time was seated and was telling us to take care of Jacob and not worry about her,” McAdams said.
As McAdams, a trained paramedic, worked to help treat young Jacob, firefighter Brock came face to face with the alleged shooter.
“He immediately confronted and subdued he was able to keep him on the ground until law enforcement could place into custody,” said McAdams.
As investigators continue to question the suspects, Townville neighbors are having a hard time making sense of what happened. Residents dropped off flowers at the fire house. Senator Tim Scott did the same at the scene and then said a prayer.
“The most important thing we can do is pray for the family, pray for the victims and piece it all together,” Said Sen. Scott.
And from chief Adams, a similar appeal.
“Please especially continue to pray and remember little Jacob,” he said.
Firefighter Brock who tackled that suspect was not at the briefing chief McAdams gave to the press. McAdams did read a stare men from Brock which said in part that he didn’t do anything differently from what any first responder would have done. He said in the statement that brighter days are ahead and Townville will get through this.