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South Carolina State University killed on Orangeburg campus; 4 suspects sought

Student killed in front of Hugine Suites
Student killed in front of Hugine Suites

One student is dead following a Friday afternoon shooting at an on-campus dormitory, WSPA7 reported January 24.

The shooting occurred at the Orangeburg South Carolina State University campus around 1:30 p.m. this afternoon. The Orangeburg County Coroner's Office has identified the victim as 20-year-old Brandon Robinson. The young man was pronounced dead at Orangeburg Regional Medical Center after being shot at the Hugine Suites.

State President Thomas Elzey released a statement to WFXG, where he described Robinson as a nice young man.

"South Carolina State University is saddened today. We are saddened by the loss of one of our students. Our deepest condolences go to the family of the victim."

Four suspects are being sought, with one already identified. Not much information has been made available to the public since this is an ongoing investigation, which is being led by SLED.

Campus Police Chief Mernard Clarkson says that so far no motive has been found as to what led to the shooting.

The Orangeburg campus is about 40 miles south of Columbia, South Carolina. It's known as a historically black school founded in 1896 and is home to around 3,200 students. Clarkson went on to say the campus is secure and the students safe.

South Carolina State University is the only state funded, historically black land-grant institution in the state, and is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

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