South Carolina State University is on lockdown after a campus shooting. One student victim has been confirmed by local WBTW-TV. SC State University is located in Orangeburg. Reports of shots fired on campus were called into the police department around 2:30 pm local time.
Police officers have not yet apprehended the suspected gunman, but are reportedly in pursuit of the shooter. South Carolina State University police officers are urging students and staff to take safety precautions and shelter in place.
Photos emerging from the scene appear to indicate that the school shooting
occurred at the Hugine Suites dormitory. The condition of the one known victim of the South Carolina State University school shooting is unclear.
Police officers are reportedly pursuing four suspects. The law enforcement officers know who the suspects are, according to breaking news reports. The Orangeburg campus is located approximately 40 miles south of Columbia and is home to approximately 3,200 students.Sonya Bennett, a university spokeswoman, said university officials know the names of both the accused shooter(s) and victim, but are not prepared to release the information at this time.
A school shooting alert issued on the SC State University website reads:
“South Carolina State University is now on lockdown as police attempt to apprehend four suspects they believe are responsible for shooting a South Carolina State University Student. At approximately 1:30 p.m. today, Campus police were called to the scene of The Andrew Hugine Suites Living and Learning community on campus. Upon arrival, police confirmed that a shooting had occurred. One S.C. State University student had been shot. At this time, police are not divulging the identity of the victim. Eyewitnesses on the scene of the incident identified at least four suspects in the shooting and police immediately began to pursue the individuals who, at that time, had left campus. Students are safe. The perimeter of the campus has been secured, but the suspects have not yet been apprehended. For this reason, the University has initiated a campus lockdown in the event the perpetrators attempt to return to the campus. Orangeburg City police and the Orangeburg County Sheriff Department are assisting in the investigation.As police continue to search for the suspect, students, faculty and staff are urged to take precautions and contact campus should they observe any suspicious activity. We will continue to give you updates as they become available.”
A press conference is scheduled to take place any moment. Check back with The Inquisitr for more details about this breaking news story as they become available.
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