A Claflin University senior is dead and his roommate is in jail following a shooting incident.
Dravious “Dre” Terry, a 21-year-old business major from Greer, died just after 10 a.m. Friday.
Claflin student Andrew Sanders Jr., 21, of Savannah, Georgia, is facing a charge of involuntary manslaughter in Terry’s death, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office Major Rene Williams.
Williams said deputies responded at 10:15 a.m. Friday to a call at the privately owned Campus Corner apartment complex. It’s located just off Chestnut Street, about one block from S.C. State University.
Williams said investigators took Sanders in for questioning and charged him late Friday afternoon.
S.C. State police alerted students and staff at 10:46 a.m. to avoid the Chestnut Street area because of the shooting.
They lifted the advisory at 11:03 a.m., with campus police stating that a “suspect was in custody.”
Similarly, 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 lockdown. Stay where you are.”
Claflin lifted the lockdown less than 10 minutes later.
At 2 p.m., the Claflin Student Government Association and university chaplain held a prayer vigil at the James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel.
“It is during moments like this we are reminded to come together and stand. The Student Government Association sends our condolences to those that are impacted by this event. It is critical that we do not allow this moment to pass without celebrating the life of Dravious Terry,” the Claflin SGA said in a statement.
“Remember that life is precious and every moment spent with each other should be cherished and never taken for granted,” it said.
In the hours that followed the shooting, students were encouraged to talk with counselors at the university’s counseling services center and the Chaplain’s Office at the chapel.
This is the second time in 11 days a Claflin student has suffered a gunshot wound off campus.
On Oct. 31, a junior in mathematics suffered a non-fatal gunshot wound at an apartment complex near Buckley Street and Russell Street.
As a precaution, both S.C. State and Claflin placed their campuses on lockdown because the assailant remained at large.
Authorities have not yet charged anyone in that shooting.
Williams said Friday’s shooting and the one on Oct. 31 are not related.