A minor is in custody after fatally shooting another student at Tanglewood Middle School in Greenville, S.C., reports the Greenville News. The Greenville Sheriff's Office said the victim and shooter were both 12-year-old males. The alleged shooter was taken into custody at a nearby residence after running from the school. “My heart breaks for this young boy’s family and my prayers are with them tonight," said Sheriff Hobart Lewis. Law enforcement responded to the school at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday after a school resource officer requested emergency backup.
The sheriff's office said, "While the motive for the shooting and how the suspect was able to get possession of a firearm is still under investigation, we can confirm that the victim and suspect were familiar with each other and we are confident the incident was isolated." The victim's family said his name was Jamari Cortez Bonaparte Jackson. One student said she heard a gunshot while she was changing classes. Students were told by teachers to take shelter under the desks and speak quietly. "This is my worst nightmare, I think about this all the time," said Adrienne Freeman, whose daughter is in seventh grade at the school.