One student wounded in shooting at South Carolina State University

Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:24pm EST

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(Reuters) - A student was wounded in a shooting on South Carolina State University's campus on Friday, and authorities were searching for four suspects they believed may have been involved, officials said.

The university locked down the campus in Orangeburg after the shooting occurred around 1:30 p.m EST (1430 ET) outside a dormitory, said University Police Chief Mernard Clarkson.

Clarkson did not identify the wounded student or provide details on the victim's condition. The motive for the shooting was not immediately clear.

"The students are safe, and the perimeter of the campus has been secured," the police chief said.

The four suspects were believed to have left the campus, and police were keeping the university locked down in case the suspects returned, Clarkson said.

South Carolina State University is a historically black college, with an enrollment of some 3,200 students. Orangeburg, a city of nearly 14,000 people, is about 75 miles northwest of Charleston.

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 Philadelphia.

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)

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Comments (3)
flashrooster wrote:
Hmmm…South Carolina? Don’t they have very lax gun laws? Then how could this have happened? I thought liberal gun laws were supposed to prevent this sort of thing.

Jan 24, 2014 4:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
COindependent wrote:
@flash. Perhaps sympathy for the person(s) killed–but you cannot let a crisis go to waste.

Jan 24, 2014 5:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:
COindependent: I think the most useful way to show genuine sympathy is to advocate for laws that would help to minimize these far too often occurring tragedies. More guns is not the answer. No other place on earth has reached that same conclusion, and you can’t honestly suggest that US conservatives are the smartest people on earth.

Jan 24, 2014 6:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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