A college student lost his life after mistakenly attempting to enter the wrong residence. The incident involved Nick Donofrio, a junior attending the University of South Carolina, who suffered a fatal gunshot wound to his upper body around 2 a.m. on Saturday, August 26th. Donofrio, a 20-year-old originally from Connecticut, was associated with a fraternity house on the same street as the property he was trying to access.
Initially, law enforcement received reports of a burglary and were en route to the location. Subsequent updates to the call revealed that gunshots had been fired. Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered the lifeless body of the young man, later identified as Nick Donofrio, on the porch.
The Columbia Police Department released a statement explaining the situation: “Officers from the Columbia Police Department (CPD) are investigating the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old male student from the University of South Carolina, originally from Connecticut. Just before 2:00 a.m. today, officers were dispatched to the 500 block of South Holly Street following a reported home intrusion. While en route, the emergency call was upgraded to a shots fired incident. Upon reaching the scene, officers found a deceased young man on the front porch, having sustained a gunshot wound to the upper body. The Richland County Coroner’s Office identified the individual as Nicholas Anthony Donofrio. Preliminary findings suggest that Donofrio, who lived on South Holly Street, mistakenly entered the incorrect residence, resulting in the fatal shooting. CPD investigators will continue to collaborate with the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office to understand the circumstances surrounding the case.”
Nick Donofrio was a Kinesiology and Exercise Science major at the University of South Carolina. He had transferred from the University of New England. His parents, Dina and Louis Donofrio, expressed their grief over the loss of their “loving” and “compassionate” son in an interview with News8. The University of South Carolina released its own statement, expressing shock and assuring that they would provide the necessary support to affected students.
The investigation into the incident remains ongoing, and no details about the identity of the shooter have been disclosed by the police.
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