ORANGEBURG, S.C. - A student was shot and killed today outside an on-campus dormitory at South Carolina State University, and police were looking for four men who left campus.
Brandon Robinson, 20, died not long after he was shot outside of the Hugine Suites around 1:30 p.m., authorities said. The gunmen left campus before police could catch them, but authorities decided to lock down the campus so they could not return, said University Police Chief Mernard Clarkson.
"Our students are secure and safe as we keep looking for these individuals," Clarkson said.
Clarkson said police haven't figured out what led to the shooting. He said his officers know one person they want to talk to, but he wasn't ready to release a name.
The shooting shocked the entire campus, university President Thomas Elzey said. Grief counselors will be brought in to talk to students and staff.
"We, again, are extraordinarily sad about this. He was a very nice young man. And it hurts. It hurts us all," Elzey said, trying to hold back tears.
Elzey said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley offered any help the school needed.