Gunman Arrested In SC State Shooting
CHARLESTON MAN CHARGED WITH MURDERING BULLDOG FOOTBALL PLAYER
A nineteen-year-old Charleston, S.C. man has been arrested and charged with murdering 20-year-old Brandon Robinson – a football player at South Carolina State University.
Justin Bernard Singleton was arrested early Saturday morning after an extensive manhunt in the wake of Friday afternoon’s school shooting – which made national headlines.
“We are extraordinarily sad about this,” an emotional S.C. State University president Thomas Elzey said at a press conference. “He’s a very nice young man … and it hurts. It hurts us all.”
According to the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), witnesses observed Singleton arguing with Robinson outside of Hugine Suites, an on-campus dormitory named for one of the school’s former presidents. As the argument escalated, Singleton is alleged to have pulled out a gun and shot Robinson in the neck.
It’s not immediately clear what precipitated the argument.
Three other individuals were reportedly involved in the shooting – which placed the campus on lockdown for several hours – and additional arrests may be forthcoming.
SLED told the Associated Press it is confident the trigger man is in custody, however.
Robinson – native of Orangeburg, S.C. – recorded five tackles in four games as a backup defensive lineman for the Bulldog football team last year.
S.C. State is a historically black, government-run college with a student population of approximately 3,200.