Palmetto Sunrise: Friday should bring more information about apparent USC murder-suicide

Law enforcement officials respond to an apparent murder-suicide Thursday afternoon at the University of South Carolina. (AP Photo/The State, Tim Dominick)

Friday could bring more information about an apparent murder-suicide at the University of South Carolina, about which not much is yet known.

Police said it would likely take until this morning before authorities officially released the names of the two people who died in the Thursday afternoon shooting. The State newspaper identified one of the dead as a public health professor who studied colon cancer.

Details about what happened were scant; state police didn’t release information about how the two were connected to the university or even their genders. They wouldn’t say where the shooting happened, just that it happened in a room.

The deaths rocked the university community, which hadn’t seen a shooting death in more than three decades. The campus newspaper, The Daily Gamecock, today reprinted archival coverage indicating that it was the most deadly on USC’s campus since 1979.

In an email late Thursday, university President Harris Pastides said he was focused on “the healing of the university community.”

“On that front, we are starting off on the right foot — counseling, dialogue and the start of returning to normal,” Pastides said. “I am very proud of our students and the greater community.”

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