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Student killed in shooting at SC State University

7:39 PM, Jan 24, 2014   |    comments
  • SC State Univ. student Brandon Robinson, 20, of Orangeburg, SC, was killed in a shooting on the SC State campus on Fri., Jan. 24, 2014. (WLTX)
  • An ambulance sits outside of the Andrew Hugine Suites Living and Learning community on the South Carolina State University campus on Fri., Jan. 24, 2014 (WLTX)
  • Justin Bernard Singleton (WLTX/Claflin University)
    
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ORANGEBURG, SC -- South Carolina State University officials said Friday evening that a student shot on campus Friday afternoon has died. Officials said four suspects in the shooting remain at large.

South Carolina State University Police Chief Mernard Clarkson confirmed the death early Friday evening. The Orangeburg County Coroner's office identified the victim as 20-year-old Brandon Robinson of Orangeburg.

"We are extraordinarily sad about this," said SC State President Thomas Elzey, who got very emotional while speaking. "He's a very nice young man...and it hurts. It hurts us all."

The incident took place around 1:30 p.m. Friday outside the Andrew Hugine Dorms at the Orangeburg college. The State Law Enforcement Division has taken over as the lead agency.

In a release, the university said eyewitnesses have identified at least four suspects in the shooting, and police are working to apprehend the suspects. They said the suspects have since left the campus.

Clarkson said they have not yet apprehended the suspects, but they are in pursuit of them. He said he's confident the group left the campus.

"The students are safe," Clarkson said at a news conference late Friday afternoon. "The perimeter of the campus has been secured."

Clarkson said his department is still interviewing witnesses, and would not say who the suspects might be.

Those on campus at the 3,200-student historically black university about 40 miles south of Columbia, S.C., have been told to shelter in place. The shooting took place in a dormitory, officials said.

Orangeburg City Police and the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Department is assisting campus with the investigation.

While the school has not identified anyone involved, police at Claflin University, which is located just across the street from SC State, issued their own alert to students. In it, they identified one of the suspects as Justin Bernard Singleton of Charleston, SC.

It's unclear when SC State issued the lockdown, but the university did not send out notices through social media that there was a campus emergency until after 3 p.m.

"As soon as we got the information, and determined that it was an ongoing imminent danger to the university community, we started relaying the information through the appropriate emergency mass communication systems that work well here at the university," Clarkson said when asked about the response.

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(WLTX contributed to this report.)

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