Los Angeles, CA – Four people shot one person was critically injured in a shooting barrage during a Halloween party at the USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center at approximately 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.
Four victims were wounded and immediately transported to a local hospital, according to an official from the LAPD. One victim was in critical condition.
According to reports, the shots were fired outside a party, which was attended by several hundred people. It was not immediately known at first if the gunman or the victims were students at USC.
A USC student, who asked not to be named, said a student group was hosting the party and that it was at maximum capacity. The witness said there were about 100 people outside — as well as some campus police — when at least four shots rang out.
“Everyone started running. 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,” the witness said. “People were screaming and running away.”
The incident sent a flood of police into the area to control the crowd.
A 17-year-old boy was critically wounded with gunshot wounds to the chest and a leg.
A 14-year-old boy was shot in a foot and a 25-year-old man was struck in the buttocks, he said. All three were transported to local hospitals.
The gunmen fled, possibly in a white sport utility vehicle, Chao said.
KNBC reported a fourth person injured in a possible assault with a deadly weapon, around 11:20 p.m. Footage shot from KNBC helicopter showed paramedics loading a man into an ambulance.
Dozens of police officers were on the scene, some in riot gear and others on horseback and bicycle, to control the crowd and close off the street, one of Los Angeles’ major thoroughfares.
Then this morning at approximately 1:30 a.m. a suspect was taken into custody. No victims were USC affiliated.
“We were waiting outside to get into the party and we were waiting for a while — maybe 20 or 30 minutes,” said Olivia Gordon, a freshman majoring in psychology. “And all of the sudden, as soon as people started going inside, there were multiple gunshots and everyone who was in line for the party ducked and we all ran.”
USC’s Dept. of Public Safety issued a Trojan Alert at 12:02 a.m. Thursday, asking students to take “shelter in place and avoid opening doors for unknown persons.”
Campus was later shut down.
In April, two graduate students were fatally shot in what authorities said was a botched robbery a few miles from campus.
The deaths stunned the university, which announced a string of new security measures.
Two men were arrested in May and charged with those killings.
In 2008, USC sprinter and now Olympic medalist Bryshon Nellum was shot in the leg three times at a Halloween party. Nellum, then a sophomore at USC, accompanied a track recruit to the party, which was just off campus.