2 Dead as Shots Fired at University of South Carolina

Murder-suicide on Columbia campus
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 5, 2015 1:20 PM CST
Updated Feb 5, 2015 2:02 PM CST
Shots Fired at University of South Carolina
The University of South Carolina football stadium in Columbia, SC, is seen in this file photo on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.   (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

Two people died today in an apparent murder-suicide on the University of South Carolina's campus, a shooting state law enforcement authorities called "very isolated." The state's flagship university said in two alerts via its emergency system and Twitter that a shooting had occurred at the new School of Public Health, in a busy section of downtown Columbia. State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said in a brief news conference that the two people were found in the public health building but would not say where. The shooting happened a couple of blocks from the Statehouse in downtown Columbia; the State notes that Gov. Nikki Haley cut short a press conference over security concerns. (More University of South Carolina stories.)

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