A student has reportedly been shot on South Carolina State University's campus. According to authorities, the shooting took place in an on-campus dorm at the Orangeburg, S.C. school, and the campus has been placed on lockdown. Per the Chicago Sun-Times, police are currently searching off-campus for four suspects.
CNN reports that the condition of the injured student is still unknown. Meanwhile, the school addressed the statement in a press release:
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.
Authorities have secured the campus and lockdown has been lifted:
Campus secure. Lock down has been lifted, remain cautious and report any suspicious activity to police (803)536-7188.— SC STATE UNIVERSITY (@SCSTATE1896) January 24, 2014
Campus entry and exit is only allowed through Gate 5 (Chestnut Street).— SC STATE UNIVERSITY (@SCSTATE1896) January 24, 2014
According to ABC News, the victim has passed away. In a statement, university president Thomas J. Elzey expressed his "deepest condolences" to the victim's family, while reassuring parents that their children are still in good hands. The student's name has not been released pending family notification; descriptions of the four alleged suspects have not been released, either.
UPDATE: The New York Daily News reports that the victim has been identified as 20-year-old Brandon A. Robinson. Robinson was taken to a local hospital shortly after being shot outside of the Hugine Suites this afternoon. Robinson, a redshirt junior, played defensive lineman for South Carolina State's football team.