So tragic. Two people are dead after a shooting at the University of South Carolina on Feb. 5. Police have confirmed that the shooting was a murder-suicide, according to Talking Points Memo.
The University of South Carolina was briefly on lockdown Feb. 5, after a horrific shooting at the school’s public health building in Columbia, S.C.. Two unidentified people are dead, including the shooter, but police have yet to reveal whether they were students at the university, the New York Daily News reports.
University Of South Carolina Shooting: Two Dead In Murder-Suicide
A spokesperson for South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) said in a press conference, “From every indication that we have seen so far, it appears to be a very isolated incident. It does appear to be a murder-suicide. However, we do have a very active and ongoing investigation into this event.” He added that he has no information about the two deceased people.
The shooting occurred around 1 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 5, according to the Daily Gamecock, USC’s student newspaper. Campus officials immediately placed the campus on lockdown, sending out the following alert at 1:16 p.m.: “Building is locked down. Seek safe shelter. Remain indoors. Obey officials,” according to the Daily News.
The school lifted the lockdown approximately one hour after after the shooting was reported. Authorities said at that time, “There is no longer an existing threat on campus. New School of Public Health and streets remained closed.”
The shooting took place in a room inside the Arnold School of Public Health, the SLED spokesperson says. Students have been advised to stay away from the area for the time being, according to the school’s alert system.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s loved ones during this very difficult time.
— Tierney McAfee