BY ALESSANDRA MALITO
Four suspects were being pursued after the shooting of a student at South Carolina State University Friday afternoon.
Campus police said the student later died. The shooting occurred around 1:30 p.m. outside of the Andrew Hugine Suites of Living and Learning community. The victim was not identified.
The suspects remained at large but were no longer on campus, according to the police. Perimeters had been secured to prevent the suspects from returning to school grounds.
“The students are safe,” campus police Chief Mernard Clarkson said. “The perimeters of the campus have been secured.”
In a statement, university President Thomas J. Elzey expressed condolences to the victim’s family
“I want to reassure parents who have children on this campus, that your children are in good hands,” said Elzey, promising to “maintain a safe and secure environment.”
The Orangeburg City Police, Orangeburg County Sheriff Department and South Carolina State Police were assisting the school in the investigation.
The university sent an alert announcing it was locked down. A siren went off on campus, and the school sent out social media alerts to communicate with students. The lockdown was lifted hours later.
South Carolina State University is about 40 miles south of Columbia.
By NBC staff. The Associated Press contributed to this report.