18 Mar 2018

Saint Augustine’s University Releases Statement Regarding Columbia, S.C. Shooting

The Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) community is saddened to hear about the recent shooting in downtown Columbia, S. C., that has critically injured one of our students. Howard Boone Jr. is a 23-year-old criminal justice major from Raleigh N.C. Mr. Boone was visiting the area with friends and was an innocent victim.

“The University continues to pray for Mr. Boone and his family, said Saint Augustine’s University president, Dr. Everett B. Ward. “Mr. Boone is a model student and well respected among his peers.”

Boone is a high achieving student, who is a member of SAU’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). He received his airborne certification last year, with aspirations of being commissioned as a second lieutenant into the United States Army upon graduation.

“We continue to be concerned with the rising incidences of gun violence affecting our young people, added. Dr. Ward. “It is time for serious dialogue to take place to address this national crisis.”

The University will continue to monitor the condition of Mr. Boone and will be making no other statements, as the incident is part of an ongoing investigation.