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SC shootings: 3 wounded at school, man dead at home

A South Carolina teenager is suspected of opening fire at an elementary school playground, wounding two students and a teacher -- just one minute after placing a teary phone call that led to the discovery of his father's body at a nearby home.

As the shooting unfolded Wednesday afternoon behind Townville Elementary School, the teenager, who was not identified because of his age, was taken to the ground by a volunteer firefighter and taken into custody by deputies, authorities said.

The father of the suspected shooter was found dead after being shot, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore told reporters. Shore identified him as Jeffrey Osborne, 47, who was found at a house about 2 miles from the school.

The teenager called his grandmother at 1:44 p.m. ET, sobbing and speaking unintelligibly, Shore said at a second news conference. The grandparents went to the boy's house next door to check on the father and the boy. The couple found the father but not the boy.

"He did die at the scene from gunshot wounds," Shore said of the father.

About 1:45 p.m., a teacher at the school called 911 to report a shooting.

One male student was critically injured with a gunshot to the leg and another boy was struck in a foot. A female teacher was wounded in a shoulder, sheriff's Capt. Garland Major said.

It is unclear whether the alleged shooter knew any of the school victims. Major said the motive is unclear, but terrorism has been ruled out.

CNN has not determined whether the boy has an attorney.

Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said the boy started firing after getting out of his vehicle in the parking lot near the playground.

Witnesses told police it appeared the boy was headed toward the school. Several teachers locked doors to prevent him from getting in.

School nurses and emergency responders saved the life of the boy who was shot in the leg, said Scott Stoller, the director of EMS in Anderson County. "Training, proper equipment is absolutely critical and without their early intervention the outcome would have been very different," he said.

The firefighter, Jamie Brock, declined to meet with the media, but Stoller said the man said he did nothing any other firefighter wouldn't have done.

The teacher and one student taken to AnMed Health Center were released Wednesday evening, hospital spokesman Ross Norton told CNN.

The other child was taken to Greenville Health System emergency trauma center by helicopter, spokeswoman Sandy Dees said. Dees told CNN on Wednesday night that student was in critical condition.

The mother of a student at Townville Elementary School told CNN Greenville affiliate WYFF that her daughter and classmates huddled in a bathroom.

"Her teacher was shaken up. I know all the kids were scared. There was a bunch of kids crying," the unidentified woman said. "She didn't talk for about five minutes when I got her. ... I'm just so scared. I don't even want her to go to school now."

The mother said she was praying for the families of the injured.

The shooting occurred about 1:45 p.m. ET, officials said.

Townville is in the extreme western part of the state, southwest of Greenville and near the Georgia line. Anderson County has a population of about 194,692. The elementary school has about 280 students. About 30 school employees are listed on the school's website.

School has been canceled for the rest of the week.

Joanne Avery, superintendent of Anderson County School District 4, told the media that school personnel have participated in active-shooter training and she said that training kept the incident from being much worse.

Gov. Nikki Haley said she would make sure law enforcement would have the resources it needed as investigators do their work.

Trump angry at allies conceding he lost debate

Donald Trump is angry that his aides and advisers have conceded to reporters -- largely without attribution -- that the Republican nominee struggled in his first presidential debate.

In a conference call with surrogates Wednesday afternoon, Trump aides made clear the Republican nominee is upset that his allies publicly acknowledged they pushed him to change his preparation and tactics before his next bout with Hillary Clinton. And he wants them to stop it immediately.

The message was "not subtle," a source familiar with the call said.

Trump wants his supporters to make an energetic defense of his performance and refuse to concede that he didn't nail it.

Trump's team told surrogates to say that Trump successfully reinforced his outsider status, contrasting him with Clinton as a status quo candidate, and to zero in on one-liners that they saw as successful -- particularly his repeated line that Clinton has been in public life nearly 30 years with little to show for it.

Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller denied the account.

"The entire description of today's call is completely false and anybody saying otherwise is just making it up," he said.

The pushback comes amid reports that advisers hoped Trump's missteps against Clinton in the first debate would convince the Republican nominee to concentrate on his message and tactics before they debate again. Aides had said Tuesday and earlier Wednesday that they have delivered the message (gingerly, one said) that the first debate didn't go well.

"Yes, he's been made aware," one adviser said.

The campaign emailed a survey to supporters late Wednesday seeking "immediate feedback from the first debate in order to win the second one."

Aides and advisers hoped Trump's refusal to participate in traditional debate preparation sessions -- instead favoring the impromptu, off-the-cuff approach that helped him through the GOP primaries -- might be eased after Monday night.

One ally described Trump as the kind of guy who can't simply be told a stove is hot -- he has to touch it to see for himself.

Another adviser said because of that reality, Monday's poor performance could be the best thing that could have happened to Trump.

Trump, advisers said, had lines ready to hit back at predictable Clinton attacks.

"He just didn't use them," an adviser said. "Nobody is really sure why, but we're all certain he won't let opportunities pass next time around."

Ahead of their October 9 town hall style debate in St. Louis, part of the problem, one source said, is that Trump doesn't yet seem to grasp that he needs to expand his base of supporters to bring in new voters who are not yet sold on his temperament, policy positions or readiness to be president.

When Trump was told Tuesday that he should do some things differently, he responded that his approach is what his base likes.

Another challenge: There are a large number of voices -- sometimes disparate -- in Trump's orbit. Two advisers said that played a big role in what they saw as Trump's lack of a laser focus on the debate and his belief beforehand that he didn't need to rely on traditional prep.

Trump gravitated toward those who played to his instincts -- which, in hindsight, weren't in his best interest, two advisers said.

Those in Trump's orbit said the bottom line is it's his ballgame -- and no one else can convince him to do an about-face on how he approaches debate prep.

Trump aides weren't just frustrated with their candidate. They complained that the first debate's moderator, NBC's Lester Holt, didn't ask Clinton questions about controversies like the Clinton Foundation or the 2012 Benghazi attack -- while grilling Trump on his birtherism and his refusal to release his tax returns.

Monday night, Trump told CNN he thought Holt did a "great job" and described the questions as "very fair."

Still, aides acknowledged that in a debate, Trump is free to bring up anything he wants.

He chose not to broach those subjects -- or immigration, or appointments to the Supreme Court, two issues that could help him with Republicans -- and bears some of the blame for not pressing those issues, they said.

Trump's campaign sees opportunity for improvement ahead of the second debate, advisers said, particularly on his strongest issues -- trade and his argument as a change agent against Clinton's lengthy tenure in American politics.

Ryan Lochte comes back home and gets back in the pool for the first time since Rio

It was a 12-hour trip back home. Ryan Lochte getting off the plane from L.A.  at 11 a.m. to get right into the pool at the Ormond Beach Family YMCA, taking off his dancing shoes and putting on a swim cap for a good cause after a summer of bad press.

"I'm glad I'm back. It feels amazing. My legs are a little sore," Lochte said laughing. "I never thought dancing would make me this tired."

The 12-time Olympic medalist was participating in a fundraising event called "The Rematch After Rio," getting back in the pool for the first time since the 2016 Summer Games to raise money for the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA and the Stewart-Marchman-ACT Foundation.

Part of that fundraiser was a race in a relay with other young swimmers against three-time U.S. Masters swimming world-record holder Charlie Lydecker, while three-time Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines provided commentary.

Kasey Dragstedt's daughter, Noelle, was one of 17 kids swimming alongside Lochte.

"She was telling her friends in first grade that she is swimming with an Olympian and she's going to be in a magazine," said Kasey Dragstedt. "I mean, the girl is excited."

But after Lochte's stunts this summer, which led to not only charges of filing a false robbery report but also a new 10-month suspension from USA swimming, News 6 asked Dragstedt  if she feels Lochte is still a good role model for her daughter.

"In swimming? I do," Dragstedt said. "That has stirred up controversy but we do explain to our kids that we all make mistakes. He's definitely something to be proud of, he has still worked very hard and he shouldn't be identified as someone who made a really big mistake. He should just be identified as a really great swimmer."

Lochte addressed what happened in Rio and his suspension.

"You know it's out of my control, whatever they decide I'm going to go with it," Lochte said. "I know what I did and I'm just going to better myself each day and keep moving forward and stay positive."

No only stay positive for himself but stay positive as role model to the kids he swam next to Wednesday night and the millions more who have dreams of one day being an Olympian.

"I remember when I was their age. I was a little kid looking up to other Olympians saying I want to be just like them, so I mean it's never too early to start dreaming. If they have that drive and determination, they can accomplish anything. I'm just trying to move on and move forward. I'm putting that all behind me and now I'm on 'Dancing with the Stars' and it's a new opportunity for me and I'm excited."

Lochte told News 6 he is only in town for 12 hours, heading back to L.A. early Thursday morning.

Pulse first responder wants law to cover mental distress

Tell a first responder his mental anguish doesn’t meet the threshold for paid leave and then talk to Orlando police Officer Gerry Realin.

“Maybe we weren’t the heroes who were there during the shooting," Realin told WKMG, "but we’re the ones who cared for the ones that couldn’t make it out.”

Realin was one of seven Orlando Police Department hazmat members assigned to remove the dead from the Pulse Nightclub June 12, 2016.

Realin said he is still struggling with PTSD haunted by nightmares and what he calls “triggers.”

He said Chinese lanterns are one of the worst.

In an email to WKMG he writes: "Why? Because every time I couldn’t take looking down at blood and bodies I would look up and there I’d see every time the large Chinese lanterns on the ceiling of the club.”

Under the current law there is no “payment of indemnity unless a physical injury arising out of injury as a first responder accompanies the mental or nervous injury.”

While the Orlando Police Department and the city continue to pay a large portion of his salary, current Florida law doesn’t cover mental distress alone which means in theory the payments could stop at any time. 

Realin’s wife Jessica has taken the lead for change to the public.

She has appeared on several radio stations and has been interviewed by the Orlando Sentinel and the New York Post.

“It’s hard to watch your loved one who’s suffering and is just trying to get better,” she said.

The Realins have met with several state lawmakers including state Rep. Mike Miller of Orlando.

Miller told WKMG the Pulse shooting changed everything and the law needs careful review.

“I’m sure that there’s lots of stories like this. We’ve got to make sure that we protect those folks and if we can do it responsibly and fiscally, I’m all in.”

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