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College placed on lockdown following early-morning shooting

South Carolina State University was placed on lockdown for roughly five hours on Friday following reports that two women, including a student, were shot on campus.

The shooting reportedly occurred just after midnight on Orangeburg college’s campus. University President James Clark said the gunfire stemmed from a fight that occurred off campus between a group of people, according to WFMY.

The news station reported that the two victims were walking on campus when they were struck by bullets.

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One of the women was wounded in the chest. While the other woman’s injuries were undisclosed, WFMY described both of their injuries as minor. Clark said the student has already been discharged from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Campuswide text and email alerts were issued at around 2:30 a.m Friday. College officials lifted the lockdown at around 7:30 a.m.

According to WCSC, someone who identified themselves as the student who was wounded on Friday said an argument between two men preceded the gunfire.

Clark explained that even though the alert was sent out about two hours after the shooting, officials were working to secure the campus.

Authorities are in the process of finding the suspects responsible for the shooting.

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