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Shooting of USC student deemed justifiable homicide, Columbia police say

The shooting of a University of South Carolina student has been deemed a justifiable homicide, according to the Columbia Police Department. Charges will not filed against the homeowner.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, Nicholas Anthony Donofrio, 20, was shot while trying to enter a home on South Holly Street. Police said Donofrio, who lived on the same street, mistakenly tried to enter the wrong home.

“This is a heartbreaking case for all involved,” Chief Skip Holbrook said in a news release. “Our lead investigator has diligently worked to gather all the facts surrounding this incident. He has also maintained contact with the Donofrio family throughout the investigation. We at the Columbia Police Department extend our deepest condolences for their immeasurable loss.”