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Suspect charged with murder in SC campus shooting

19-Year-Old Suspect Arrested In S.C. State Shooting

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - A suspect was arrested early Saturday and charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a student outside a dormitory at South Carolina State University, law enforcement officials said.

Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, of Charleston, was arrested just after midnight at the parking lot of an apartment complex in Orangeburg, where the campus is located, said Thom Berry, a public information officer with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

He was charged with murder in the death of 20-year-old Brandon Robinson, according to a news release from law enforcement. Singleton was being held at the Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center.

Robinson died Friday afternoon after he was shot outside Hugine Suites.

Authorities initially said they were looking for four men who had left campus. Berry said there was no ongoing safety concern for the community but declined to say whether there was still an active manhunt.

"At this time, we believe we have the individual who fired the shot," Berry told The Associated Press early Saturday.

Authorities decided to lock down the campus so that whoever was responsible for the shooting could not return, University Police Chief Mernard Clarkson said Friday. The lockdown was lifted Friday evening.

Clarkson said police haven't figured out what led to the shooting.

The shooting shocked the entire campus, university President Thomas Elzey said. Grief counselors were being 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.

Elzey said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley offered any help the school needed.

South Carolina State also was the site of a fatal shooting in 2011, when police said three men met on campus for a drug deal. A student, 22-year-old Jonathan Bailey, was killed.

Friday's fatal shooting happened three days after authorities said a Purdue University student shot and stabbed a fellow student to death in a classroom.

South Carolina State University is a historically black university with about 3,200 students in Orangeburg, about 40 miles south of Columbia.

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vtman January 25 2014 at 12:45 PM

How about a more level headed approach and expose as at fault the gansta thug mentality that predicates and spurns on this violence ? Not a student doing the shooting, bad neighborhood, (read very bad gansta ghetto) and how's about the real tragedy of black men killing black men with illegal guns?

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Debbie January 25 2014 at 5:21 PM

Hope the shooter gets the same as what he gave the victume

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vulturesmotto January 25 2014 at 10:46 AM

Generally, these types of shootings are drug related. Shootings on school campuses are generally because they are gun free zones and very soft target areas. Add to that, the 40 years of indoctrination by public school system and poverty pimps promoting an ideology for personal wealth and gains, and society is a train wreck in process. 40 years of high rates of single women pregnancy rates just compound the problems. When will people get tired of the crap and decide to confront the failed policies of the last 60 years??? My guess is that too many are now imbedded in the indoctrination and are clueless of the basis of the problems. It will only continue to get worse.

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patriot1too January 25 2014 at 6:02 PM

The youth of today have been brainwashed by the cess pool of moral decay being promoted as pop culture. The media and our liberal extremisist govorment are to blame on lowering the bar so far in our society. They hold up immoral behavior as the norm and condem good behaviors because it might offend the immoral actions of those that are the real problem. God bless America.

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art patriot1too January 25 2014 at 6:43 PM

there was no immoral behavior during gop administration. I know because I herd it from Rush and faux news.

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Marsha patriot1too January 25 2014 at 7:15 PM

I can get a gun. No record and clean. Would I shoot someone just because I have a gun and CAN? Not on your life...it's not the guns. This country is in dire trouble with parenting skills, lack of a two parent home, lack of any parents and an elderly Grammy taking care of her Grands. Look, blame the guns if you wish but blame all those laying with strangers/boy friends/johns and getting pregnant, and not giving a child a good and solid nurtured life. The men are equally as bad. "Honey, I'm pregnant". Out the door never to be seen again. It is truly a huge problem. Those children have no love, manners, morals and proper behavior isn't even taught in their homes...many are fostered from one place to another which further injures their already sad souls. The young ones cannot just keep having babies and not give them what they deserve. A safe home with loving family. Being taught all the rules and regs we, as American citizens, live by...the law, the Ten Commandments....whatever! Drugs another issue which is just too much to discuss but it too is partly responsible and the beat goes on...generation after generation of illiteracy and gang crap. Psych issues and substance abusers...NOT THE GUNS MY FRIEND, NOT THE GUNS!!!!!

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Marsha Marsha January 25 2014 at 7:28 PM

TRASH FOR PARENTS or a very serious psychological issues...could be a sociopath! Whatever! In the sixties people married, had children, raised them well and prayed for a positive outcome. Parents loving and nurturing their beloved children and giving them the tools to become productive adults. It doesn't always work as one would like but damned close since the teen has self esteem, parents are supportive, these are the ones making it. This country with the new White House staff seems to be giving more money to those who do not work...Boston, Detroit, Newburgh...so many cities and towns have babies starving for love and care. They grow up you know....they become bullys, thieves, killers, rapists, home invaders and even car jackers. Understand the real problem and begin there. If a girl/woman wants an abortion because she knows what she can or can't do for a baby then allow it...babies become adults, kittens and puppies become cats and dogs....they don't really stay so cute when abused as children....dig deeply and tell me if you believe this is where these animals came from...no home to feel the safety of their family's arms, good schools willing to help if there's a deficit, etc. Killers aren't born killers...they're simply flesh/bone/blood but without heart, empathy, compassion, respecting rules and living by them, and all we teach our children because we love them more than life itself. Okay, I'm done. I guess I just got lucky. I fell in love with my children the moment I looked into their eyes for the very first time. Would die for them....as an ER Nurse, it isn't always my way....I know what I'm speaking about. Good day.

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Gale Hatfield January 25 2014 at 6:14 PM

Don't they study for their degrees.

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HonknDodge January 25 2014 at 6:19 PM

I guess that he'll get three hots and a cot on the tax payers dime for the rest of his life.

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Doctor Markus January 25 2014 at 10:10 AM

gang /drugs again

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deirdreala Doctor Markus January 25 2014 at 10:26 AM

Great insight. What is your theory about the Purdue shooting this week? Theft/money again?

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DHF02 January 25 2014 at 10:03 AM

If we would use Capital Punishment maybe some of this crap would stop!

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rb January 25 2014 at 6:22 PM

What's up with all of the shootings at schools, colleges, movie theaters, malls, etc.? Are people just crazy? Oops..sorry, didn't mean to say "crazy". That word could offend someone and make them resort to an act of violence. Is this a great country or what?

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art rb January 25 2014 at 6:39 PM

you should of said " in America" gun capitol of the world.

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rolnutz art January 25 2014 at 9:50 PM

Art----- Switzerland has more guns per- capita than any other country and they have one ,if not the lowest gun murder rates in the world. Blame the certain groups in our sick society,not the legal gun owners.

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Marsha rb January 25 2014 at 7:10 PM

They are ass holes without guidance and a proper life directly after birth. my above response to "wbearl" blaming the guns themselves will explain some of the MAIN reasons....intentions are good and I can read the anger to have them stop shooting people but it just isn't the guns. It's the dangerous situations these kids grow up with....survival instincts above all are what is needed. If I had the choice I'd fight for the Feds to worry more about children without proper homes...not just rely on the individual states...they are UNDER STAFFED. From the very ground begins the tiny tree...nurture, feed, constant care, and you can expect a beautiful tree to grow and be healthy providing beauty and purpose. Children are more precious...**** what is politically correct...these are tomorrow's adults. Scary huh?

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LewTag January 25 2014 at 3:30 PM

One only guess at what drives shooters to kill people when they must realize it is also the end of the line for them also...either suicide by cop or self or life in prison and possiby execution in states with the death penalty...no one in their right minds would do it so they must not be in their right minds...but it must all be god's will or it would be different...not the god of holy books but the prime mover in the universe...generator, operator, destroyer...GOD....it does whatever it wants with whoever it wants...ergo Theofatalism...google for details to feel good inside no matter what happens outside...www.theofatalism.org

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