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Man arrested for murder after SC State shooting

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There has been a shooting on the campus of SC State. There has been a shooting on the campus of SC State.
Victim Brandon Robinson Victim Brandon Robinson
Suspect Justin Singleton Suspect Justin Singleton
ORANGEBURG, SC -

Early Saturday morning, state law officials arrested 19-year-old Justin Bernard Singleton for murder.

Officials at South Carolina State University say Brandon Robinson, a student at the school, was shot outside an on-campus dormitory Friday.
  
The 20 year-old student died.

The school says police were looking for four suspects who made it off campus. Singleton is the first arrest.

Singleton faces thirty years to a life in prison or death if he's found guilty of this felony charge. He's currently in the Orangeburg- Calhoun Detention Center. SLED continues to investigate as this case proceeds to the First Circuit Soliticor's Office.
  
Robinson's exact cause of death will not be released until autopsy is complete on Saturday.

University President Thomas Elzey choked back tears Friday as he promised to keep his students safe. He said the student killed was a nice young man.
  
Campus Police Chief Mernard Clarkson says police don't know what led to the shooting.
  
Clarkson says the campus is secure and students are safe.


 
South Carolina State is a historically black school with about 3,200 students in Orangeburg, about 40 miles south of Columbia.
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SC State University released the following statement Friday afternoon:

South Carolina State University is now on lockdown as police attempt to apprehend four suspects they believe are responsible for shooting a South Carolina State University Student.  At approximately 1:30 p.m. today, Campus police were called to the scene of The Andrew Hugine Suites Living and Learning community on campus.  Upon arrival, police confirmed that a shooting had occurred.  One S.C. State University student had been shot. At this time, police are not divulging the identity of the victim. 

Eyewitnesses on the scene of the incident identified at least four suspects in the shooting and police immediately began to pursue the individuals who, at that time, had left campus.   Students are safe. The perimeter of the campus has been secured, but the suspects have not yet been apprehended.

For this reason, the University has initiated a campus lockdown in the event the perpetrators attempt to return to the campus. Orangeburg City police and the Orangeburg County Sheriff Department are assisting in the investigation.  As police continue to search for the suspect, students, faculty and staff are urged to take precautions and contact campus should they observe any suspicious activity.

We will continue to give you updates as they become available.    

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