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Friends React to SC State Student Death
Thursday, April 21, 2011


ORANGEBURG, SC (WLTX) - The investigation into the shooting death of a South Carolina State University student continues.

Johnathan Bailey, 22, was shot on Baldwin Street then tried to drive away, eventually crashing into the school's Campus Services Building down the street. Students on campus are still in shock. They say Bailey was a senior and very popular in his engineering major.

"I still can't believe it now. I still can't believe he's gone," just feet away from where 22-year old Johnathan Bailey died of a gunshot wound--SC State student Rashad Wilson remembers times he spent with his friend.

"Best friends, he's like my brother really. He would go to my house. I would goto his house. We would just chill," said Wilson.

EMS was notified of the crash and initially treated the incident as an accident. However, it was later determined that the victim had received one entry and exit wound to the upper torso. Wilson thinks he was driving to him to get help.

"He was probably coming to see me, he had to be. 'Cause he knew I stayed over here, and every time, he would come through here he'd stop through," said Wilson.

"Right now, it's an aggressive investigation. We are leaving no stone unturned," SC State's Police Chief Michael Bartley says his department is doing everything it can to protect students and faculty on campus.

"We're aggressively increasing our patrols, and we're doing some other methods and things to insure our students and our faculty and staff and the community that this is an isolated incident," said Bartley.

Chief Bartley says no suspect has been caught, and investigators are now asking the public for any information about the shooting.

"If you have information, no matter how small you think it is it could be the 'i' being dotted or the 't' that we're looking for to be crossed so please give us a call."

"I wanna see justice. I wanna see justice," a frustrated Wilson says his friend, who was just months away from graduating, didn'http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gift deserve what happened. Now he wants police to find his killer.

"Put him away for good, like the police need to get him or something, something needs to happen, something needs to happen," said Wilson.

It's a need Wilson says will bring justice, but won't bring back, his friend. The SC State police department is encouraging anyone with information about friday's shooting to call CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 1-888-Crime-SC or text a tip to "CRIMES" beginning with the term "TIPSC."

Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/article/133370/2/Friends-React-to-SC-State-Student-Death

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