Campus lockdown lifted after SC State football player shot and killed

Brandon Robinson/SC State University

A lockdown at South Carolina State University has been lifted, even though the search continues for four suspects in a shooting death on campus today.

Brandon Robinson, 20, who was a player on the SC State football team was shot outside an on-campus dorm, the Hugine Suites, Friday about 1 p.m. He died a short time later at the hospital.

Campus Police Chief Mernard Clarkson says police don't know what led to the shooting.

Police say there are four suspects in the case, but they have not released any names. The State Law Enforcement Division is leading the search for those involved in the shooting. A spokesperson for SLED said agents are searching for the shooter but wouldn't comment further on the investigation.

University President Thomas Elzey choked back tears as he promised to keep his students safe. He said the student killed was a nice young man.

Robinson was a junior who was from Orangeburg.

His stepfather died just last week after a short illness and will be buried tomorrow in Orangeburg, according to an obituary in the local paper.

South Carolina State has about 3,200 students and is located in Orangeburg, about 40 miles south of Columbia.

President Thomas Elzey says grief counselors are available to students and faculty.

After the shooting, nearby Claflin University was locked down as well. That lockdown has been lifted too.

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*The Associated Press contributed to this report.