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2 suspects held in USC Halloween shooting that wounded 4

November 1, 2012 |  2:43 am

PHOTOS: Shooting at USC Halloween party

Two suspects were in custody following a Halloween-night shooting on the USC campus that left four people wounded, school officials said Thursday.

Capt. David Carlisle said the shooting happened around 11:45 p.m. outside the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, where a large group had gathered.

Witnesses said that more than 100 people had gathered outside the building, where the party hosted by a campus student organization was being held. Carlisle said an argument broke out between two men who were not affiliated with the school.

PHOTOS: Shooting at USC Halloween party

Moments later, one of the men pulled out a gun and began firing at his intended target. Carlisle said that victim was critically injured and undergoing surgery at a local hospital.

Three other people described as bystanders were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

About 15 minutes after the shooting, the university sent a text alert reporting the shooting and advising students to "shelter in place and avoid opening doors for unknown persons."

Students who witnessed the incident described a chaotic scene.

"You hear one shot and you're like, 'Wait, what was that?' " said Matthew Hamilton, a graduate student who witnessed the incident. "As soon as it registered, everyone just ran."

The two suspects were apprehended about a football field's length from the shooting scene. Police said one of those suspects is believed to be the shooter.

Police were interviewing witnesses including many of those who were outside the campus center when the shooting happened.

The campus remained locked down hours after the shooting, but Carlisle said it would be "business as normal" Thursday.

At 2:17 a.m. Thursday, USC officials sent another alert that said the "threat is over" and classes would take place as scheduled.


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Photo: Los Angeles Police Department officers and USC Department of Public Safety officer gather at the command post after four people were during a Halloween party at the Tutor Campus Center. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images