A 19-year-old Charlotte student was shot to death early Sunday at Winston-Salem State University just after a weeklong homecoming celebration ended.
Anthony White Jr. was fatally wounded about 1:20 a.m. in the 600 block of South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. He was unresponsive when investigators found him in a parking lot near Wilson Hall and Gleason-Hairston Terrace, according to a report from the Winston-Salem Police Department. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A second student also was injured during the incident and was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. His identity was being withheld, according to a report issued by the university. A possible motive for the shootings has not been disclosed.
The shooting took place shortly after a final homecoming event was scheduled to end. The NAA Masquerade Gala was to take place from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at McNeil Ballroom in the Anderson Center, according to the campus homecoming schedule posted on the university’s website. The Anderson Center is adjacent to the main campus, just off Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
White was studying information technology, and he was an accomplished football player at Belton-Honea Path High School in Honea Path, S.C., about 130 miles west of Charlotte, Martin said. He wanted to focus on his studies rather than try for a spot on the college team, his mother said.
“He went academically because he wanted to do sciences, and the football schedule wouldn’t allow him” to do both, said Xavier Martin of Charlotte.
White worked during holiday and summer breaks from college with his uncle’s landscaping business or doing handyman jobs, she said.
After the shooting, the campus was on lockdown for about 3 1/2 hours, the police report said. Students organized a vigil at 6 p.m. Sunday at the clock tower in the center of campus.
Chancellor Elwood Robinson, who was formally installed on Friday during Founder’s Day programs, expressed his “sadness” in a statement posted on Facebook about noon Sunday.
Normal operations were scheduled on campus Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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