ORANGEBURG, S.C. — A student was shot Friday at South Carolina State University, and officials say they are searching for the suspect.
Students at the 3,000-student school about 40 miles south of Columbia, S.C., have been told to shelter in place. Photos at the scene appear to show the shooting took place at a dormitory.
Campus officials know the suspect, said Sonya Bennett, a university spokeswoman. It is not known whether the student’s injuries are life threatening.
The school has scheduled a press conference for 4 p.m. ET.
Student reportedly injured in shooting at South Carolina State University
A student was injured in a shooting at South Carolina State University Friday, police said .
There was no immediate information on the condition of the student.
The university was on lockdown.
School police think they know who fired the shot, apparently inside a dormitory building, and are looking for the suspect, the Associated Press reported.
South Carolina State University is a historically black university with about 3,200 students in Orangeburg, about 40 miles south of Columbia.
Officials with South Carolina State University say campus is on lockdown following the shooting of one student on campus.
Details are extremely limited, but reports from the Orangeburg Times and Democrat indicate the shooting happened around 2 p.m. at Hugine Suites, an on-campus residence hall.
SC State officials say police have not yet apprehended a suspect, but they are currently in pursuit of a person they believe to be the perpetrator.
Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Capt. Mike Adams told TheTandD.com police are assisting SC State officers with the manhunt.
The university is asking students to take the necessary precautions in the meantime.
Officials with the university are expected to have a news conference at 4 p.m. to reveal more details on this incident.
We’ll have the press conference here when it starts.
At least two other shootings have taken place at SC State University in the past 20 years.
In February, 1994, 14 shots were fired in a campus dorm. Two students and a male visitor suffered injuries, but all survived. Marcus White, who was a freshman at the time, was sentenced to three years in prison with three years’ probation.
In April, 2011, 22-year-old Jonathan Bailey was shot during a drug deal in the university parking lot. Then 17-year-old Julian Young was charged in the murder. Young was sentenced in 2012 to 35 years in prison.
South Carolina State is a historically black university founded in 1896 as a land grant college.
This is not the first incident on a college campus this week. On Tuesday, Cody Cousins, 23, allegedly shot and stabbed 21-year-old Andrew F. Boldt at Purdue University. No one else was injured in the incident, and officials believe Cousins targeted Boldt, although a motive is not yet known.
We’ll have more on this story as it develops.