Police said the male student was shot around 1:30 p.m. EST (1330
ET) on the campus of the historically black college in Orangeburg,
Officials have not identified the victim or the suspects.
Authorities are still investigating a motive for the shooting, said
University Police Chief Mernard Clarkson.
The frequency of shootings at schools and universities in the United
States is fueling a national debate over gun control. The latest
attack follows a shooting death at Purdue University earlier this
week and shootings at high schools and middle schools in recent
University President Thomas Elzey turned emotional as he announced
the student died several hours after the incident.
"South Carolina State University is saddened today because of the
loss of one of our students," he said. "He was a very nice young man
and it hurts. It hurts us all."
The university said a lockdown imposed after the shooting was
lifted, but warned students to remain cautious and report any
suspicious activity to police, according to the school's Twitter
The four suspects were believed to have left the campus, Clarkson
said. Police have identified one suspect but do not know the
identities of the other suspected assailants, officials said.
South Carolina State University has an enrollment of about 3,200
students. Orangeburg, a city of nearly 14,000 people, is located
some 75 miles northwest of Charleston.
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The shooting was the latest in a rash of gun attacks at schools
across the United States.
On Tuesday, a male student was shot and stabbed to death in a
classroom at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
The day before, a student was shot and critically wounded outside an
athletic center at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, near
Last week, two students were shot at a high school in Philadelphia,
another was shot at a high school in Georgia, and two students were
shot at a middle school in New Mexico.
(Additional reporting by Scott Malone in Boston, Zachary Fagenson in
Miami; writing by Kevin Gray; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Lisa
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