A University of South Carolina student has been shot and killed after trying to enter the wrong house
Police said a 20-year-old University of South Carolina student was shot and killed early Saturday morning when he tried to enter the wrong house.
Police found Nicholas Anthony Donofrio, 20, dead of upper body wounds on the front porch of a home on South Holly Street, about two miles from campus. According to a press release from the Columbia Police Department.
Police say D’Onofrio lived on that street and tried to enter the wrong house when he was shot.
The 911 call first came in shortly before 2 a.m. to report a home burglary, and the call was upgraded to a “shooting call” as officers were on their way to the scene, according to the police press release.
Police said the Richland County coroner’s office identified Donofrio.
The press release stated that police investigators “will continue to consult with the Fifth Circuit attorney’s office regarding the circumstances of the case.” A police spokesman said no charges had been filed yet.
South Carolina has a “stand your ground” law that allows a person to use deadly force in self-defense if they are not in violation of the law and in a place where they are entitled to be, According to the Giffords Law Center for Gun Violence Prevention, a non-profit advocacy organization. The state does not require gun owners to obtain a license to own or purchase a gun. According to the Giffords Law Center.
Donofrio is originally from Connecticut, according to police.
In a statement, a University of South Carolina spokesperson said Donofrio was a sophomore and that the university’s student affairs team is providing support to students who need it in the aftermath of the tragedy.
The fatal shooting is the latest in a series of similar tragedies. Where Americans have been shot – sometimes fatally – for a mistake.
In April, Andrew Lister, a white man in his 80s, was arrested Shoot Ralph Jarl, a 16-year-old black boy, after he rang the wrong doorbell while intending to pick up his younger siblings in Kansas City, Missouri. Jarl escaped but said he was Suffering from lingering effects of shooting, including difficulty focusing.
It was Lester Charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal activity. he He pleaded not guiltyHe was released on $200,000 bond and ordered to surrender his passport, give up his firearm, and not contact Jarl. If found guilty, he could face a maximum sentence of life in prison for assault and from three to 15 years for weapons.
Days after Jarl was shot, Kevin Monahan, 65, 20-year-old Kailyn Gillis was shot and killed After she was in a car that accidentally flipped into the driveway of his home in upstate New York. Monahan was arrested for second-degree murder, to which he pleaded not guilty.
Also in April, Pedro Tello Rodriguez Jr., 25, was charged with deadly conduct, a third-degree felony, Two fans were shot in Texas – One seriously injured – after someone got into the wrong car in the parking lot of a supermarket about 25 miles northeast of Austin. It was not immediately clear if Rodriguez Jr. had filed a plea and if he was still in custody, and a police spokesperson could not immediately be reached.
Experts and gun control advocates have it He blamed the accidents over lax gun laws and the increasingly controversial mainstream political rhetoric.
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