Jacob Hall, the six-year-old boy who was wounded in Wednesday’s elementary school shooting in Greenville, South Carolina, has died.
The toddler’s parents confirmed this tragic news to People Magazine, saying via statement:
"Our son, Jacob Hall, who was shot at Townville Elementary School on Wednesday, died today surrounded by family at Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital."
Continued the statement:
"Jacob came into our lives six years and four months ago and changed it completely. He showed us how to love, laugh and smile even on days we did not want to.
"God gave him to us and he was taken away from us by a senseless act."
A kindergarten student, Hall was allegedly shot in the leg by a 14-year-old suspect.
The suspect was later captured by authorities and has been charged as a juvenile with one count of murder in the death of his father and three counts of attempted murder.
The bullet struck Jacob’s femoral artery, resulting in massive blood loss that lead to cardiopulmonary arrest, his family says.
The six-year old had been on life support due to suffering a severe brain injury, along with the amount of blood he lost in the incident.
"Jacob was a tremendous fighter but was unable to overcome the catastrophic blood loss and resulting cardiopulmonary arrest caused when the bullet hit his femoral artery," Dr. Keith Webb with GHS Children’s Hospital told People.
"We grieve for the loss of this little boy and pray for his family as they work through this extraordinarily difficult time."
As part of their statement, Jacob’s parents thanked the physicians and nurses of GHS Children’s Hospital "who did everything in their power to try to save Jacob."
They also passed along their appreciation to Preacher Blizzard and the staff of Oakdale Baptist Church, the Townville Rescue Squad, Townville Fire Department, Fire Chief Billy McAdams and all of the first responders.
"We know that Jacob has already forgiven this child for what he did to him and his family because that’s the kind of child he was," the statement read.
"Jacob was sent to this earth for this short a period of time to show us that there is such a thing as pure love. Jacob is in heaven with God now and everyone who loves him.
"Words cannot express how much we will miss him."
Gerald Gambrell, Jacob’s brother, penned a touching tribute to his sibling on Facebook Saturday.
Read the message:
"God took his strongest soldier. Jacob will be with us forever and always in our hearts. I love you little brother and I can’t wait till the day we meet again.
"Your my hero buddy. I love you so much watch over your family son."
Jacob, another kindergarten student and a teacher named Meghan Hollingsworth were all shot last Wednesday; the latter two victims were released from doctor’s care later that same night.
The suspect’s father was found dead near the school in what officials have determined to have been a related incident.
Police have said the 14-year-old shooter drove the family truck to the school… crashed into a fence outside the playground… got out of the vehicle… and then started shooting.
You may visit this GoFundMe page to help aid Jacob’s family during this incomprehensible time of mourning.
We send our thoughts and prayers to the family.
We truly cannot imagine what they’re going through.