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The Michigan Daily-Sunday, October 7, 1979-Page 5

TWO KILLED, THREE WOUNDED BY SNIPER:

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From AP, UPI, and Reuter
COLUMBIA, S.C.-Two students
*ere killed yesterday and five others'
wounded by a gunman who drew a
pistol and fired repeatedly into a
'fraternity homecoming party at the
University of South Carolina.
Mark Houston, 19, was arrested at a
nearby university three hours after the
shooting occurred at the University of
South Carolina shortly after midnight,
police said. He surrendered without
resistance after talking with his paren-
ts.
HOUSTON, South Carolina
sophomore from Columbia, was being
held over the weekend at Richland
County Jail on two -charges of murder,
said investigator Bruce Carnaggio of
'the Columbia police.
"No one knows what led to the
hooting," said campus Police Chief M.
. Harrelson. "All of a sudden, he just
pulled a pistol and fired a couple of
times. Then he ran and was shooting as
he was running."
Five of the students were shot inside
the social room at the high-rise Bates
West Dormitory. About 100 young
people had gathered there for a party
sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi frater-
nity in advance of South Carolina's
homecoming football game with
Oklahoma State last night.
POLICE SAID two other students, in-
ciuding one of those who died, were shot
just outside the dormitory as the gun-
man ran down a pedestrian ramp.
, Houston was arrested about two
miles away at Allen University, where
his cousin is a student, police said. A .32
caliber revolver was recovered when.
"Houston was arrested, said Clifford
Gray, a university spokesman.
"We've got nothing. No motive," said
Gray.
GRAY SAID Houston, whose brother
is a fraternity member, was among the

its shot at Carolina frat

people attending the party when the,
shooting began.
Witnesses said they<saw Houston
draw a pistol and fire into the crowd.

shooting victims except for Patrick
McGinty, a white student fatally woun-
ded outside the dormitory.
Gray said several persons attending

'We thought they might have been a balloon or
firecrackers or something. When people realized there
were bullets flying around the room, there was general
hysteria.'
-Fraternity member Ronald Drayon

in the head and died almost instantly.,
Another student, Patrick McGinty, died
yesterday morning after undergoing an
operation.
Houston shot five of his' victims at the
party and then went outside and shot
two more people taking a stroll, police
reported.
POLICE DESCRIBED Houston as a
very quiet, hard-working person and
said they had not discovered a motive
for the shooting. There did not appear
to have been an argument and Houston
was not drunk, they said.
Police identified the people wounded
in the shooting as: David Simmons, 17,
of Charleston, South Carolina; Randy
McCray, 18, of Columbia; Mike
Lawyer, 18, of Moncks Corner, South
Carolina; Terry Langston of Easley,
South Carolina, and John Aiken, a
student at nearby Allen University.
Aiken was critically hurt. Langston
was released from a hospital after
treatment and the remainder are
described by hospital authorities as
being in stable condition.
Nearly 62 per cent, of all entering
University freshpersons last year
graduated within the top 10 per cent of
their high school classes.

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They said other shots were fired as the
gunman ran from the room.
Rondald Drayton, a fraternity mem-
ber, said he heard several blasts but-
"nobody knew the sounds were
bullets."
"WE THOUGHT they might have
been a balloon or firecrackers or
something," Drayton said. "When
people realized there were bullets
flying around the room, there was
general hysteria.
"He (the gunman) was over at the
door and he proceeded to shoot the
gun," Drayton said. "Some people hit
the floor and others ran out the door.
Then he ran up the rahip shooting
people."
"I don't know who he was," Drayton
added. "but the party wasn't closed. We
had people from all the black sororities
and fraternities and others from the
university there."
KAPPA ALPHA Psi is a black frater-
nity. Houston, a black, as were-all the

the party apparently knew Houston.
Leslie Kates, 23, director of the cam-
pus residence hall where members of
Kappa Alpha Psi had gathered, said she
arrived in the lobby within minutes of
the post-midnight shooting.
"THERE WAS blood everywhere,"
Kates said. "It was like a nightmare ...
things were so hysterical. I was in
shock."
A student, Terrel Johnson, was shot

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