A six-year-old victim of the South Carolina elementary school shooting remains in critical condition as of Thursday afternoon.
Jacob Hall, a student at Townville Elementary School, is fighting for his life a day after gunfire erupted in the playground of the school. He has been hospitalized at the Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital.
As reported by WLOS, Jacob’s brother said the victim has had three surgeries and has lost as much as 75 percent of his blood. According to Greenville Health System Senior Media Relations Coordinator Sandy Dees, another condition update is expected to be made by 11 a.m. on Friday.
Jacob Hall: Six-year-old boy fighting for life
The gunman in the shooting incident has been identified as 14-year-old Jesse Osborne. Four people, including Jacob, were shot. One person, identified as Jesse’s father, Jeffrey Osborne, was killed.
“Jacob is a very sick little boy and is fighting for his life. Due to the massive blood loss he has sustained a major brain injury,” Jacob’s family said, as reported by NBC News. “Jacob is in very critical condition, and we are hanging on every second.”
Jacob, who was shot in the leg and femoral artery, was revived twice following the shooting. When his condition becomes stable, he will be undergoing another surgery. A prayer circle was organized at Powdersville Walmart. Friends, family and well-wishers collected in a circle and prayed for Jacob.
Brother believes in Jacob
“I have faith and belief that he can pull through this. Nobody in my family has ever given up on anything. And Jacob is the first person to never give up on anything,” Jacob’s brother said.
Among the others wounded in the incident included another six-year-old student and a teacher.
A GoFundMe page was set up to help and support Jacob’s family in their time of need. As of now, more than $70,000 has been raised.
“We appreciate the community’s support, especially the Townville Rescue Squad who treated Jacob onsite and brought him to the hospital,” Jacob’s family said, as reported by CBS 8. “We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers and ask for privacy during this difficult time.”