Earlier this month more details were released about the Townville Elementary School shooting. 14-year-old Jesse Osborne shot and killed his father before going to the school and shooting two 6-year-old students and a teacher. One of those students later died.
What you may not have heard is that it was an armed civilian that stopped the gunman. Volunteer firefighter Jamie Brock heard the reports of a shooting and rushed to the school with the Townville Fire Chief Billy McAdams.
The firefighters were the first on the scene. After checking the shooter’s truck the two men split up. McAdams provided medical assistance while Brock searched for Osborne.
Brock found him near the rear of the school and quickly subdued him.
“He felt it was imperative to the safety of the students, the teachers, and all the responders onsite – he immediately confronted and subdued that shooter and was able to keep him on the ground until law enforcement placed him into custody,” McAdams explained in a press conference.
It’s not clear if Brock fired his weapon or even brandished it. Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper merely said that Brock “just took him down” and stopped the gunman before he could get inside the school.
While it was not immediately known that Brock was armed, it has since been confirmed. Regardless, most media outlets did not report that Brock was armed; CNN, CBS, and The New York Times all failed to mention that Brock had a gun.
That would go against their narrative.
Regardless, Brock’s act was heroic.
Brock “wants to remain humble and quiet about it” as he believes “he did nothing any of the other volunteer firefighters wouldn’t have done,” Scott Stoller with Anderson County Emergency Management told the Associated Press. “Firefighter Brock is absolutely a hero.”
We applaud Mr. Brock’s and Mr. McAdams’ action in the face of danger.
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