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4 sought in South Carolina State shooting; 1 student injured

Authorities are seeking at least four assailants in the shooting at South Carolina State University in which one student was wounded, officials said on Friday.

The assailants are being sought off campus, University Police Chief Mernard Clarkson told reporters at a televised news conference Friday afternoon. The school remains on lockdown to keep the attackers from returning to the campus, he said.

Clarkson said he had no details about the name or condition of the student who was wounded.

Witnesses have given descriptions of the attackers to authorities, he said. The motive was unknown.

The shooting took place about 1:30 p.m. outside a dormitory, the Andrew Hugine Suites, he said.

The university, a historically black school about 40 miles south of Columbia, has 3,500 students.

The shooting at South Carolina State is the latest violent incident at a university this week.

Monday night, a male student was shot on the Widener University campus outside Philadelphia.

On Tuesday, a teaching assistant was stabbed and shot to death inside a Purdue University engineering classroom. A fellow teaching assistant, Cody Cousins, 23, was charged with murder in the case. 

A reported shooting that prompted a campus lockdown on Wednesday at the University of Oklahoma turned out to be a false alarm.

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