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SC State goes on lockdown, Claflin issues shelter-in-place alert overnight due to gunfire in area, officials say

The lockdown and shelter-in-place orders by the universities lasted roughly 30 minutes. South Carolina State University said its investigators reported no findings.
Credit: WLTX

ORANGEBURG, S.C. — South Carolina State University officials said investigators found nothing after reports of nearby gunfire led to campus alerts overnight.

According to a South Carolina State University spokesperson, their campus was locked down between 11:55 p.m. on Saturday and 12:26 a.m. on Sunday. Officials said the lockdown resulted from a report of shots fired near Goff Avenue.

A spokesperson for Claflin University said its students were asked to shelter in place at roughly the same time.

South Carolina State said its investigators didn't find anything after the report. News19 contacted the South Carolina State Campus Police regarding the incident. The person who answered the phone said all calls related to Goff Avenue are considered off-campus. 

Claflin University said it issued the shelter-in-place order due to its protocol for an incident within a mile of the university. Goff Avenue is about 1.5 miles long and runs from Nance Street to the northeast to Magnolia Street to the southwest - near both universities.

A spokesperson for the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety said they had no reports of any incidents related to the area last night. News19 has also contacted the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office for additional information but has not yet received a response.


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