South Carolina State University placed on lockdown, reports of shots fired

South Carolina State University was put on lockdown Tuesday morning following reports of shots fired.

The lockdown began around 11:30 a.m., Charleston NBC affiliate WCBD reported.

An emergency alert system at neighboring Claflin University said gunshots had been fired on the Orangeburg, S.C. campus, according to Charleston Fox affiliate WACH. The alert said a suspected shooter was wearing all-black and a ski mask.

South Carolina State’s alert advised people to “shelter in place as police investigate,” Columbia NBC affiliate WIS reported.

South Carolina State and Claflin University are both historically Black institutions.


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