A man was shot near South Carolina State University on Tuesday, leading to a temporary lockdown on campus.
The victim was taken to the Regional Medical Center with at least one gunshot wound, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell. The victim’s condition was unknown as of late Tuesday.
Officials believe the shooting took place at an apartment complex on Buckley Street adjacent to but not on the campus of S.C. State.
The sheriff’s office was notified of the incident at 2:45 p.m. Students said they then began to receive text alerts that the campus was being locked down.
S.C. State later announced it had received word that the university was clear to resume normal business. It said the students are safe.
S.C. State was then able to continue with its plans to hold a trunk-or-treat event on campus.
“At first we initially cancelled it but we got together and talked about it and realized that it would be best to not disappoint the entire community,” said Mary White, student services program coordinator for the Honors College.
“Being that we had been promoting and planning this, even though for a sad occasion, we still wanted to do this to let the community know that this is a safe university,” she said.
White said they received the all clear around 4 p.m.
“It’s a family-oriented place, so we’re here for the students and we’re here for the community,” Student Services Coordinator Kenita Pitts said.
S.C. State student Jordan Howard said he was headed to class when he started receiving notifications that the university was being placed on lockdown.
“I wasn’t even sure if my teacher I was going to was aware,” he said.
Howard said he picked up his pace and started running to his class just so he could be indoors.
“The line to get off campus was backed up,” he added.
Another student, Quan Brown, said he was getting suspicious even before his messages started coming in.
“I actually saw that the gates were locked so I knew something was going on,” Brown said. “They weren’t letting anybody come out of the buildings.”
He said students were contacted through text notifications and everyone communicated through their group texts.
Howard and Brown were participating in the university’s Halloween trunk-or-treat festivities.
Howard said they felt they needed to honor the commitment they made to hold the event.
“I feel like kids should have safe environments to be able to come and get candy,” Brown said. “They should be able to come on campus and know that it’s a safe environment.”
Pitts said, “We want people to feel safe and feel good about bringing their children here on campus.”
“It’s a family-oriented place so we’re here for the students and we’re here for the community,” she added.
At this time investigators are following several leads in the shooting incident.
If anyone has any information on the shooting they are asked to call the sheriff’s office at 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.