SC State lockdown lifted, police investigating gun spotting

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Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 11:06 AM EST
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ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WIS) - SC State held a conference Thursday afternoon updating the community on the lockdown.

An employee noticed the man carrying what appeared to be a weapon onto campus. Campus authorities were notified and the lockdown went into effect.

Investigators determined the rifle-shaped object was a wooden prop weapon carried by an ROTC student.

The campus said multiple law enforcement agencies were on standby in response to the lockdown, including SLED and the FBI.


Campus administrators at SC State said the lockdown has lifted. Operations have returned to normal.

In a statement, the school said campus police located the man suspected of bringing a gun onto the grounds. No live weapon was involved in the incident that began at around 10:45 a.m.


Campus administrators at SC State University told staff and students the campus is on lockdown Thursday morning.

Students and employees were instructed to shelter in place until further notice. A man was spotted on campus and was reported to be carrying a gun. Campus police are searching for a man described as wearing black pants with a gold jacket and a black backpack.

Anyone with information is being asked to call campus police at 803-536-7188 or to dial 911. The public is being advised not to approach the man.

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