South Carolina freshman defensive end Shameik Blackshear was shot multiple times Wednesday evening at an apartment complex marketed to University of South Carolina students.
Sources close to the incident confirmed Blackshear as the victim of the shooting and said he was shot in the upper and lower body outside one of the apartment buildings.
According to the Columbia police, who did not identify Blackshear by name, the victim of the shooting was in serious condition Thursday. One source told The State that Blackshear is expected to recover.
Columbia police officials said the shooting occurred at the Club at Carolina Stadium, located at 100 Catawba Circle – just a stone’s throw from the Founder’s Park stadium used by the USC baseball team – at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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Columbia police collected forensic evidence and talked with people at the scene following the shooting, officials said. Investigators are working to determine a motive for the shooting, while attempting to identify a suspect or suspects.
Blackshear, from Bluffton, was one of the state’s most heavily recruited players the past three seasons. He was unanimously considered a four-star prospect and had scholarship offers from Georgia, LSU and Clemson, among others.
Blackshear was looking for a fresh start at USC after some troublesome times in high school.
He was injured for much of his junior season, then tore an ACL in the second game of his senior year at Bluffton High. Blackshear’s college career almost was derailed before it started by an offseason arrest and petite larceny charge, but those charges were later dropped.
More recently, Blackshear was charged with possession of 28 grams or less of marijuana or 10 grams or less of hash - first offense on Nov. 24, according to Richland County court records. Records show that Blackshear was then released from custody on conditional discharge.
Under state statutes, conditional discharge means that a suspect pleads guilty to a charge, but the guilty plea is set aside pending completion of court ordered conditions. Those conditions could include random drug testing, community service, drug evaluations or other conditions set by the court. Upon successful completion of the court’s conditions, a suspect’s charge is then dropped and the record is expunged.
Blackshear played in USC’s games against Central Florida and Missouri. After the loss to LSU, then-co-defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said coaches expected Blackshear would redshirt.
After Ward’s remarks, Blackshear found himself in hot water after several messages he posted on Twitter that seemed to voice his displeasure at choosing USC, saying he should have looked around like his parents advised.
If anyone has information regarding the shooting they are encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 1 (888)-CRIME-SC.