A South Carolina State University shooting left one student dead Friday, and police say that they have arrested one person for the murder of University football player Brandon Robinson. According to the Chicago Tribune, police have arrested Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, for the shooting death of Robinson.
The shooting took place around 2:30 pm local time. Police then put the campus under lockdown, even though the suspects had already fled the scene. Police had stated that they locked down the campus so that the suspects couldn’t come back to campus. Later, police lifted the lockdown but said they were only allowing inbound and outbound traffic through one gate in hopes that they would catch the suspects returning to campus.
In earlier reports by The Inquisitr, police had stated that they were searching for up to four suspects in the shooting that resulted in Robinson’s death. Robinson, 20, was reportedly shot outside of the Andrew Hugine Suits upperclassmen dormitory. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.
The New York Daily News quoted Thom Berry, a spokesman for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, who said “at this time, we believe we have the individual who fired the shot.” Police have announced that they arrested Singleton early Saturday morning. NBC News stated that Singleton was jailed at Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center.
Police said today that Singleton had shot Robinson in the neck while the two were arguing outside of the residence hall.
“The S.C. State University family is devastated by the tragic loss of Brandon,” SCSU President Thomas J. Elzey said in a statement. “Our hearts are heavy with grief and sorrow by the senseless act of violence, which took too soon a beloved member of our university family.”
Although police believe that Singleton was the individual who shot and killed Robinson, there is still the matter that police said they were originally looking for three other suspects. In his statement today, Berry did not say whether or not police would continue searching for the other possible suspects.
Reports stated that Robinson was an individual with a lot of football potential. Many have begun to express their grief over social media. The following comments are from a photo of Robinson on his personal Facebook page:
Members of the Twitter community have also started sending their well-wishes to Robinson’s family and friends. Some tweets have now begun linking to a gofundme profile that was set up to help raise funds to help the family with funeral expenses and any other services they may need. The profile reads as follows:
“This page is dedicated to Brandon A.Robinson who was shot and killed Friday, January 24th, 2014. Brandon’s Father, Steven Rolley Sr. passed away Friday, January 17th, 2014 a week before Brandon. We created this page to help his family with funeral expenses and any other services that the family may need in this time of grief. Anything you give is greatly appreciated. Thank you all for you support at this time.”
Everybody please help out B-Rob’s family in this time of grief. IN LOVING MEMORY OF BRANDON A. ROBINSON
— #Devillain (@shackdeville) January 25, 2014
If anyone has the contact info for the family of Brandon Robinson please send it to me. I would love for #SCSU to do something in memory.
— SplackΩUEvellie (@MrWettUp) January 25, 2014
Praying for the friends, teammates, and family of Brandon Robinson. God makes no mistakes! RIP. #SCSU
— (@_Southrn_Belle_) January 24, 2014
#RIP Brandon Robinson SC State student… Prayers for his family
— Enframed Desire (@_Scarlet_Beauty) January 24, 2014
[Image via Facebook]