USC Shooting: Four Students Shot At University Of Southern California Halloween Party
Authorities say at least four people were wounded overnight in a shooting on the campus of the University of Southern California.
According to the Los Angeles Times, about 100 people gathered Wednesday for a Halloween party hosted by a student organization around 11:30 pm outside the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.
During the event, two men not tied to USC got into an argument that led to one of them pulling out a gun and opening fire on the other.
“Everyone started running,” one USC student, who chose to remain anonymous, told the L.A. Times. “I saw a guy who was shot in the leg. He was limping and screaming for his friends to help him. ‘I got shot. can someone give me a ride?’ His friends were helping him walk. People were screaming and running away.”
The victim was critically wounded and was undergoing surgery at a local hospital, according to the Times. Three bystanders were also shot and were taken to the hospital with less serious injuries.
KESQ News reports that USC’s Department of Public Safety issued a Trojan Alert following the shooting asking students to take “shelter in place and avoid opening doors for unknown persons” and to stay away from the campus, which was declared “shut down.”
Police also detained two individuals for questioning following the incident, but it’s unclear if they are suspects, according to law enforcement sources.
The lockdown was eventually lifted around 2:30 am, and the campus is currently open to students, faculty, and staff with USC ID, the university said.
LAPD has the area around the Ronald Tudor Campus Center restricted as a crime scene as they continue their investigation.