(CNN) — A student was shot dead Friday afternoon at South Carolina State University, prompting a manhunt for several suspects that extended beyond the school’s Orangeburg campus.

South Carolina State University President Thomas Elzey announced at about 6 p.m. that the student died. He did not identify the victim, but did speak a little about him.

“He was a very nice young man,” Elzey said, fighting back tears in a brief statement to reporters. “And it hurts. It hurts us all.”

By then, police were still looking for at least four individuals who they say might be responsible.

Elzey said “we are pulling together as a community,” announcing that counselors would be made available to grieving students.

“Our first order of business is to make sure that our students are safe,” the school president said.

Campus police were called to the Andrew Hugine Suites Living and Learning community about 1:30…

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