Suspect Arrested In South Carolina State University Shooting



In a follow-up to yesterday’s breaking news, authorities in South Carolina have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a student football player outside a dormitory at South Carolina State University.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said in a news release Saturday that 29-year-old Justin Bernard Singleton of Charleston was charged with murder in the death of 20-year-old Brandon Robinson. Singleton was taken into custody Saturday in Orangeburg where he is being held.

Authorities initially said they were looking for four men who had left campus. It wasn’t immediately clear if other suspects were still being sought. Thom Berry, a public information officer for the law enforcement division, declined to say Saturday whether there was still an active search ongoing. “Our investigation is continuing,” Berry said in an email to the Associated Press.

University Police Chief Mernard Clarkson said the four suspected gunmen left campus before police could catch them, but authorities decided to lock down the campus so they could not return. The lockdown was lifted late Friday afternoon. He also stated that police do not know what led to the shooting and provided no further information about the suspects.

The shooting shocked the entire campus, university President Thomas Elzey said. “We, again, are extraordinarily sad about this. He was a very nice young man. And it hurts. It hurts us all,” Elzey continued, trying to hold back tears.

South Carolina State University has about 3,200 students in Orangeburg, South Carolina which is about 40 miles south of Columbia.

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