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The person killed at Summers Avenue house party has been identified as a 20-year-old Benedict College student.

Donovan J. Smalls of Goose Creek died of “injuries sustained in the alleged shooting,” Orangeburg County Chief Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle said Monday.

“The entire Benedict College family mourns the tragic loss of our fallen Tiger, Donovan Smalls,” Benedict College said in a statement reported by WLTX-TV.

“As a community, we ask that the privacy of the Smalls family and Donovan’s classmates and colleagues be respected during this difficult time,” the statement said.

An autopsy will take place on Wednesday morning, Fogle said.

Also, a 21-year-old female Claflin University student was treated for a gunshot wound to the chest, according to a heavily redacted Orangeburg Department of Public Safety incident report.

Claflin Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing George Johnson Jr. said on Sunday morning, “One of our Claflin students was wounded, taken to the hospital, treated and released.”

No arrests have been made.

Officers first responded to 281 Summers Avenue at 2:15 a.m. Sunday following a report of “loud music and a party getting out of hand.”

A second caller reported hearing fireworks.

A third caller reported there was a shooting and that a man was down, the report states.

Officers converged on the scene while numerous callers phoned 911 to report the incident.

When officers arrived, they saw a crowd of about 40 to 50 people. Several were sitting beside a man.

Several of the people at the scene told officers that a number of vehicles left. They believed the vehicles contained people involved in the shooting, the report said.

Orangeburg County EMS arrived on the scene at 2:32 a.m., the report states.

Medics cared for the injured man and officers helped load him into the ambulance.

They transported him to the Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The report says, “other bystanders in the crowd were more worried about getting the keys out of his pocket.” Officers told the bystanders that they weren’t going to remove anything from the man at that time.

“Most of the crowd cleared out and went to the ER before we could speak with them,” the report states.

Officers also called the S.C. Law Enforcement Division to respond to the crime scene. Agents arrived at 5:13 a.m.

ODPS Capt. Alfred Alexander said on Monday that more information will be provided as it becomes available.

Det. Danny Brightwell is leading the investigation, Alexander said.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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