One student was shot dead and another wounded after gunfire erupted Sunday near dormitories on the Winston-Salem State University campus.
Authorities were searching for a suspected gunman, but police and university spokesman Aaron Singleton would provide no identifying details. The historically black school urged visitors to the campus to stay away, but said student services were operating normally and that classes will be held on regular schedules Monday.
The slaying victim was 19-year-old Anthony White Jr., a second-year student from Charlotte, according to campus and Winston-Salem police. A second student hit by gunfire received hospital treatment but was released early Sunday, city police said. His name and condition were being withheld. White was studying information technology and though he was an accomplished football player at Belton-Honea Path High School in Honea Path, South Carolina, about 130 miles west of Charlotte, said his mother, Xavier Martin of Charlotte.
He wanted to focus on his studies rather than try for a spot on the college team, his mother added.
“He went academically because he wanted to do sciences, and the football schedule wouldn’t allow him to do both,” Martin said.
White worked during holiday and summer breaks from college with his uncle’s landscaping business or doing handyman jobs, she said. Martin said she didn’t know whether her son’s plans Saturday evening included festivities related to the school’s homecoming weekend or a Halloween party.
“I don’t know anything about how he spent his final hours, she added.
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