One Claflin University student is dead and another is being questioned after a midmorning shooting incident, according to Maj. Rene Williams of the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.
Claflin released a statement Friday, saying “We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Dravious Terry, a senior business major from Greenville, S.C. Mr. Terry suffered a gunshot wound this morning at Campus Corner, a privately-owned apartment complex off Chestnut Street near the campus.”
Andrew Sanders Jr., 21, of Savannah, Ga. has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, Williams said. Claflin described him as Terry’s roommate.
Williams said deputies responded to a call to Campus Corner Apartments, just off Chestnut Street, at 10:15 a.m. Friday.
“We’re not calling this a murder yet,” Williams said, noting the investigation is early.
Williams said investigators are interviewing the student in custody. No charges had been filed as of 2 p.m.
The apartments for college students are less than a block from the South Carolina State University campus entrance and also near the Claflin campus.
S.C. State police alerted students and staff at 10:46 a.m. to avoid the Chestnut Street area because of the shooting. The advisory was lifted at 11:03 a.m., with police stating that a “suspect was in custody.”
Claflin issued an alert at 10:58 a.m. and put the university on lockdown. The "Active Shooter" alert stated: "Use Caution! Active Shooter Campus Corner Apartments. Claflin University is on lock down. Stay where you are."
A notice that Claflin’s lockdown had been lifted was sent at 2:06 p.m. with the advisory: "Suspect is in custody. The lockdown has been lifted."