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2 suspects charged with murder for shooting death of CCU student

Alfred Dunkin. Source: JRLDC Alfred Dunkin. Source: JRLDC
Jordan Principe. Source: JRLDC Jordan Principe. Source: JRLDC
Source: Kaitlin Stansell Source: Kaitlin Stansell
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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Two men have been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a Coastal Carolina University student on Wednesday night

Jordan Principe, 17, of Conway, and 20-year-old Alfred Dunkin, also of Conway, were charged on Friday with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to Conway Police. Principe and Dunkin were booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center on Thursday evening, and both are awaiting bond hearings.

Witnesses reported an argument at the University Suites apartment complex to police around 7 p.m. Wednesday night. Minutes later, Conway police officers arrived and found Craig Gray, Jr. shot to death. The suspect or suspects were nowhere to be found. Police said the suspects were driving a dark-in-color truck.

"It's terrible. I can't imagine what his relatives and family are going through right now," an unidentified CCU student said.

Fearing for the safety of their students with at least one person armed and dangerous on the loose, Coastal Carolina's University Police Division jumped into action and sent out an immediate alert.

At 7:25 p.m., CCU urged students to stay inside because of the shooting incident, according to CCU's Facebook and Twitter pages. The CCU tweet said a blue in color pick-up truck was seen leaving the area towards Singleton Ridge Road.

"And I got the alert, and I texted all my friends," the student said. "And I texted my friends at the suites who live there. And they were luckily good."

On a small campus it was hard for people nearby to miss the scene.

"I saw the yellow tape and I called right away, like 'yo, is everything okay'? He's like 'somebody got shot', so yeah it's crazy," according to the student. "It's a big family over here. So when somebody falls, you know, everybody else takes a fall."

At 8:40 p.m., Coastal Carolina University sent an alert to students saying those living on campus were free to move about because the campus did not appear to be in danger. But, students on Technology Boulevard and Singleton Ridge areas were still advised to stay inside.

Getting ahead to warn students and faculty of potential danger at a moment's notice, is crucial. "You don't really know what's going to happen so you have to take every precaution and make sure that you're communicating to stay safe to stay inside-- that's how that happened," explained Martha Hunn, CCU spokesperson.

The Coastal Carolina University Police Division crime log states that on October 25, 2015 CCU Department of Public Safety officers responded to Singleton Ridge Road to assist the Conway Police Department with a robbery investigation. CPD provided CCU DPS officers with descriptions of the four robbery subjects but they were unable to locate them. It is unknown at this time if the two incidents are related.

As for the investigation, Sgt. Alston said detectives were re-interviewing witnesses all day Thursday. He said the best information that will lead detectives to the suspect will come from those 15-20 witnesses.

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