USC president promises quick reaction to on-campus shooting
USC President C. L. Max Nikias said the university will announce changes in its security policies early next week in the wake of the Halloween night shooting on campus that left four people wounded.
"Nothing is more important to me than the safety of our students, faculty and staff. I have already initiated an expedited process for this thorough review. I will announce changes in our policies early next week," Nikias said in an email to The Times on Thursday afternoon.
The shooting victims and suspected gunman were not USC students but were on campus apparently trying to get into a large Halloween party in the student center. The violence sprang from an argument between two of them, police said.
One victim was badly wounded and remained hospitalized in intensive care; the others suffered less serious injuries. Two suspects were chased by campus security officers and quickly taken into custody.
The incident rattled the USC campus, coming six months after two graduate students from China were fatally shot in a robbery less than a mile from campus.
Officials said Wednesday night’s incident was a rare case of violence on campus, but the episode has reignited concerns about security and possible effects on freshman applications to the school.
-- Larry Gordon