The University of South Carolina just issued a “shots fired” alerts to all students and staff. An unknown gunman allegedly opened fire at the South Carolina university’s new school of public health. The school shooting bulletin was issued via a tweet by Carolina Alert.
Students, staff, and citizens near the University of South Carolina have been urged to “seek a safe shelter” and to obey all instructions by local law enforcement on the scene of the school shooting. All of the buildings at the University of South Carolina are now reportedly on lockdown. The university’s Public Health Research Building is located at 921 Assembly Street in the city of Columbia.
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) February 5, 2015
The governor cut short a news conference after being informed of the possible University of South Carlina school shooting, citing security concerns. The Public Health Research Building has been evacuated. Police officers are reportedly going floor by floor searching for a possible gunman.
University of South Carolina officials also noted that students and staff are being evacuated from the School of Music as well. Law enforcement officers armed with AR15s donning full SWAT gear are now moving about the campus and across the street from the school of public health building.
At least one ambulance has been reported at the scene. No victims of the possible University of South Carolina shooting have yet been found.
The University of South Carolina is described this way by Wikipedia.
“A public, co-educational research university located in Columbia, South Carolina, United States, with seven satellite campuses. Its campus covers over 359 acres in downtown Columbia not far from the South Carolina State House. The University is categorized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as having ‘very high research activity’ and curricular community engagement. It has been ranked as an up-and-coming university by U.S. News & World Report, and its undergraduate and graduate International Business programs have ranked among the top three programs in the nation for over a decade. It also houses the largest collection of Robert Burns and Scottish literature materials outside of Scotland,and the largest Ernest Hemingway collection in the world. Founded in 1801 as South Carolina College, South Carolina is the flagship institution of the University of South Carolina System and offers more than 350 programs of study.”
Check back with the Inquistir for more details about the possible University of South Carolina school shooting as additional details become available.
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