South Carolina State still on lockdown after shooting

ORANGEBURG, SC (WLTX) -- South Carolina State University officials now say they are searching for four suspects in connection with the shooting of a student the school's campus.

The incident took place around 1:30 p.m. Friday outside the Andrew Hugine Dorms at the Orangeburg college.

The condition of the injured student is not yet known.

South Carolina State University Police Chief Mernard 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.

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. News19 obtained the alert from a student. In it, they identified one of the suspects as Justin Bernard Singleton of Charleston.

Claflin's campus was on lockdown for almost two hours, but that restriction has since been lifted.

The State Law Enforcement Division has also sent agents to the scene.

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. Related Coverage: Students Say Notification from School Came Late

South Carolina State and Claflin are historically black colleges located in Orangeburg, which is about 35 miles from Columbia.


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