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College Sophomore Shot Dead Trying to Enter Wrong Home in His South Carolina Neighborhood Possibly Mistaken for Burglar: Cops

College Student Shot Dead After Allegedly Entering Wrong Home: Cops
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20-year-old fatally shot after allegedly trying to enter wrong home in South Carolina, cops say.

Aug. 28 2023, Published 6:30 p.m. ET

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A college student at the University of South Carolina was shot dead after apparently trying to enter the wrong house, RadarOnline.com has learned.

Around 2 a.m. on Aug. 26, officers were called to a home in Columbia for a reported break-in. En route, a second call came in regarding gunshots fired, as Front Page Detectives reported.

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College Student Shot Dead After Allegedly Entering Wrong Home: Cops
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A University of South Carolina student was fatally shot when trying to enter the wrong house.

At the scene, police found 20-year-old Nicholas Anthony Donofrio dead on the front porch of the residence with a gunshot wound to his upper body, officials said.

Donofrio, a sophomore from Connecticut, reportedly lived on the same street as the house where he was shot and killed.

College Student Shot Dead After Allegedly Entering Wrong Home: Cops
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Authorities said the victim lived on the same street he was shot and killed

Police said the neighborhood was less than two miles from the main campus of the college the victim attended.

“Preliminary information indicates that Donofrio who resided on South Holly Street attempted to enter the wrong home when he was fatally shot," police officials said.

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College Student Shot Dead After Allegedly Entering Wrong Home: Cops
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The fall semester began just 2 days before this shooting occured.

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The fall semester at the University of South Carolina started on Aug. 24.

Officials have not given any details regarding who shot Donofrio or if any charges would be filed, and the investigation is ongoing.

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College Student Shot Dead After Allegedly Entering Wrong Home: Cops
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Cops are still investigating the incident and will determine is charges will be filed.

Kate Reynolds, who lives just a few doors away from where the deadly shooting occurred, told WLTX-TV, “It’s not how you want to start college and something traumatic. You’re going to have those memories of your friend. The whole experience is kind of tainted with that, too.”

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Reynolds added, “You think you’re going to be safe sending your kid off, you’re so excited sending your kid to school and something like this happens.”

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