Shooting Erupts at USC Halloween Party
Argument between 2 men leads to gunfire
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2012 5:50 AM CDT
A Los Angeles Police Department investigator checks the site of a previous crime at the University of Southern California.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(Newser) – A crowded Halloween party at the University of Southern California took a truly scary turn early today, after a reported argument between two non-students escalated to a shooting. A rep for the university's department of public safety tells CNN that one of the men was critically wounded and three more people were injured. In a statement on its website, USC reports that a suspect is in custody; it issued the following statement: "Threat is over. No students, faculty, staff involved. Campus open with USC ID. Classes resume in morning."

Witnesses describe the scene to the Los Angeles Times: "Everyone started running. I saw a guy who was shot in the leg. He was limping and screaming for his friends to help him." Says another, "Everyone ran like hell. We just ducked down." The LAT notes that this isn't the first Halloween-timed violence at the school; Bryshon Nellum, a sprinter who went on to become an Olympic medalist, was shot in the leg at a 2008 Halloween party. Today's incident follows a more recent tragedy there.

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Nov 2, 2012 5:41 AM CDT
This from a local blog: "The Black Students Association is primarily responsible for this tragic event because its student leaders invited and/or allowed non-USC gangbangers to attend a nightclub-like party on campus. Had this nightclub-like party been sponsored by a USC fraternity or sorority, the university would have placed the frat or soroity on probation immediately. The BSA needs to accept responsibiility for its actions and be placed on probation IMMEDIATELY. They cannot claim ignorance or innocence here. And the USC administration should also be taken to task for allowing ANY nightclub-like event with non-students to take place on campus. Basically, the BSA created a Westwood-like nighclub smack dab in the middle of the USC campus. What the heck did they expect inviting gangbangers to a party? "
Nov 1, 2012 12:05 PM CDT
This is why guns don't belong on college campuses. The idea of drunk college kids with guns scares the hell out of me. Of course the gun lobby will say that the shooting could have been stopped by a student at the party carrying a gun......
Nov 1, 2012 10:55 AM CDT
people are buying guns like they're buying groceries. it's all bs if this is what 2nd amendment is protecting. It's totally wrong for an individual to buy a huge cache of assault rifle and ammunition unless he's thinking crazy or he's about to start his own private war. The law must allow only one gun to one household, anything more than one is asking for trouble. This country wasn't just built by one individual protected by his private army.