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Suspect charged with murder in S.C. campus shooting

  • This image provided by the Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center shows Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, of Charleston, was charged with murder in the death of 20-year-old Brandon Robinson, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said in a news release Saturday Jan. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center)

    This image provided by the Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center shows Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, of Charleston, was charged with murder in the death of 20-year-old Brandon Robinson, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said in a news release Saturday Jan. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center)

  • South Carolina State board Chairman William Small, President Thomas Elzey, police chief Mernard Clarkson, Orangeburg city council woman Liz Zimmerman-Keitt, and Orangeburg Mayor Michael Bulter at a  press conference Friday Jan. 24, 2014.  A student was shot and killed Friday outside an on-campus dormitory at South Carolina State University, and police were looking for four men who left campus. Brandon Robinson, 20, died not long after he was shot outside of the Hugine Suites around 1:30 p.m., authorities said. The gunmen left campus before police could catch them, but authorities decided to lock down the campus so they could not return, said University Police Chief Mernard Clarkson. (AP Photo/Times & Democrat, Larry Hardy)

    South Carolina State board Chairman William Small, President Thomas Elzey, police chief Mernard Clarkson, Orangeburg city council woman Liz Zimmerman-Keitt, and Orangeburg Mayor Michael Bulter at a press conference Friday Jan. 24, 2014. A student was shot and killed Friday outside an on-campus dormitory at South Carolina State University, and police were looking for four men who left campus. Brandon Robinson, 20, died not long after he was shot outside of the Hugine Suites around 1:30 p.m., authorities said. The gunmen left campus before police could catch them, but authorities decided to lock down the campus so they could not return, said University Police Chief Mernard Clarkson. (AP Photo/Times & Democrat, Larry Hardy)

  • Orangeburg Department of Public Safety use tracking dogs on College Street where witnesses say several wanted individuals seen fleeing the area. A student was shot and killed Friday, Jan. 24, 2014,  outside an on-campus dormitory at South Carolina State University, and police were looking for four men who left campus. Brandon Robinson, 20, died not long after he was shot outside of the Hugine Suites around 1:30 p.m., authorities said. The gunmen left campus before police could catch them, but authorities decided to lock down the campus so they could not return, said University Police Chief Mernard Clarkson. (AP Photo/Times & Democrat, Larry Hardy)

    Orangeburg Department of Public Safety use tracking dogs on College Street where witnesses say several wanted individuals seen fleeing the area. A student was shot and killed Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, outside an on-campus dormitory at South Carolina State University, and police were looking for four men who left campus. Brandon Robinson, 20, died not long after he was shot outside of the Hugine Suites around 1:30 p.m., authorities said. The gunmen left campus before police could catch them, but authorities decided to lock down the campus so they could not return, said University Police Chief Mernard Clarkson. (AP Photo/Times & Democrat, Larry Hardy)

  • S.C. State's Hugine Suites was the scene of a fatal shooting Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.  A student was shot and killed Friday outside an on-campus dormitory at South Carolina State University, and police were looking for four men who left campus. Brandon Robinson, 20, died not long after he was shot outside of the Hugine Suites around 1:30 p.m., authorities said. The gunmen left campus before police could catch them, but authorities decided to lock down the campus so they could not return, said University Police Chief Mernard Clarkson. (AP Photo/Times & Democrat, Larry Hardy)

    S.C. State's Hugine Suites was the scene of a fatal shooting Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. A student was shot and killed Friday outside an on-campus dormitory at South Carolina State University, and police were looking for four men who left campus. Brandon Robinson, 20, died not long after he was shot outside of the Hugine Suites around 1:30 p.m., authorities said. The gunmen left campus before police could catch them, but authorities decided to lock down the campus so they could not return, said University Police Chief Mernard Clarkson. (AP Photo/Times & Democrat, Larry Hardy)

  • This image provided by the Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center shows Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, of Charleston, was charged with murder in the death of 20-year-old Brandon Robinson, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said in a news release Saturday Jan. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center)
  • South Carolina State board Chairman William Small, President Thomas Elzey, police chief Mernard Clarkson, Orangeburg city council woman Liz Zimmerman-Keitt, and Orangeburg Mayor Michael Bulter at a  press conference Friday Jan. 24, 2014.  A student was shot and killed Friday outside an on-campus dormitory at South Carolina State University, and police were looking for four men who left campus. Brandon Robinson, 20, died not long after he was shot outside of the Hugine Suites around 1:30 p.m., authorities said. The gunmen left campus before police could catch them, but authorities decided to lock down the campus so they could not return, said University Police Chief Mernard Clarkson. (AP Photo/Times & Democrat, Larry Hardy)
  • Orangeburg Department of Public Safety use tracking dogs on College Street where witnesses say several wanted individuals seen fleeing the area. A student was shot and killed Friday, Jan. 24, 2014,  outside an on-campus dormitory at South Carolina State University, and police were looking for four men who left campus. Brandon Robinson, 20, died not long after he was shot outside of the Hugine Suites around 1:30 p.m., authorities said. The gunmen left campus before police could catch them, but authorities decided to lock down the campus so they could not return, said University Police Chief Mernard Clarkson. (AP Photo/Times & Democrat, Larry Hardy)
  • S.C. State's Hugine Suites was the scene of a fatal shooting Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.  A student was shot and killed Friday outside an on-campus dormitory at South Carolina State University, and police were looking for four men who left campus. Brandon Robinson, 20, died not long after he was shot outside of the Hugine Suites around 1:30 p.m., authorities said. The gunmen left campus before police could catch them, but authorities decided to lock down the campus so they could not return, said University Police Chief Mernard Clarkson. (AP Photo/Times & Democrat, Larry Hardy)

A 20-year-old South Carolina State University student shot to death outside a dormitory was an engineering technology student who also played on the school’s football team, the school said yesterday.

Brandon Robinson was a junior who played football as an outside linebacker and defensive end, the university said in a statement. He attended high school in Orangeburg and appeared in four games last season for S.C. State, according to the team’s online roster.

“Brandon was a fine young man who was paying his way through college. All he wanted to do was play football for the university,” Bulldog football Coach Buddy Pough said. “We are at (a) loss for words right now.”

Robinson was shot to death Friday afternoon outside Hugine Suites after arguing with Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, of Charleston, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said. Singleton was charged with murder and arrested early yesterday at an Orangeburg apartment complex.

Singleton “pulled out a gun and fired at Robinson, hitting him in the neck area,” according to an arrest warrant filed by a SLED investigator.

Singleton is a full-time sophomore student at S.C. State majoring in business, university spokeswoman Sonja Bennett-Bellamy said yesterday. He does not participate in any of the school’s athletics programs, but his mother manages a university-owned, off-campus student apartment complex, Bennett-Bellamy said.

Authorities initially said they were looking for four men who had left campus. The school decided to lock down the campus Friday so that whoever was responsible for the shooting could not return, university police Chief Mernard Clarkson said Friday. The lockdown was lifted Friday evening.

SLED spokesman Thom Berry declined to say yesterday whether investigators were continuing to hunt for three other suspects. Detectives were confident Singleton pulled the trigger, he said.

“Our Investigation is still under way and is ongoing,” Berry said.

South Carolina State also was the site of a fatal shooting in 2011, when the 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.

“Our hearts are heavy with grief and sorrow by the senseless act of violence,” university President Thomas Elzey said.

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