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After USC shooting, music played, party continued

November 1, 2012 | 10:56 am

Students ran and chaos ensued in the aftermath of a Halloween night shooting outside a party on the  USC campus. But inside the Ronald Tutor Center, the music kept playing.

"The party went on," said John Thomas, assistant chief of USC's department of public safety. "Most of these people had no idea" anything happened.

USC officials said about 400 people were attending the "Freaks and Geeks" Halloween party, which was sponsored by the Black Student Assembly.

About 100 people were outside the party at the Ronald Tutor Center when two men began arguing. At about 11:45 p.m., one man pulled out a gun and fired several shots at a man identified as Geno Hall, a former Crenshaw High School football star who now attends West Los Angeles College. Three others were also wounded.

USC officials said about 400 people attended the Halloween party. None of those involved in the shooting -- either the two detained suspects or the four injured -- attend USC, authorities said.

In a statement issued on the university's website, USC's vice president for student affairs, Michael L. Jackson, said that campus policy requires that student parties be open only to guests with student IDs from USC or another university. 

"This incident reminds us that we must look out for ourselves and be particularly vigilant about the personal safety of friends and guests at our social events," Jackson said in the statement.

Some questioned whether non-USC students should be allowed at on-campus parties.

"It just makes me a little suspicious as to why there were so many people who were not students on campus," said Kelly Reinke, 18, a freshman studying broadcast journalism. "It makes me a little bit uncomfortable."

Rachel Smith, 18, also a freshman, said she believes people are overreacting and need to stay calm.

"It's not a mass murderer," said Smith, who was on her way to an international relations class.

Here's what Twitter users are saying about the shooting:


Students rattled after USC shooting, but many still feel safe

USC shooting: 2 suspects in custody; 'No pending danger,' police say

USC shooting: Former Crenshaw High football star targeted, police say

-- Ari Bloomekatz, Kate Mather and Andrew Blankstein