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Suspect arrested in USC shooting; policy changes to be announced

November 2, 2012 |  3:19 pm

PHOTOS: Shooting at USC Halloween party

A 19-year-old Inglewood man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the Halloween shooting on the USC campus that wounded four people.

Brandon Spencer, 19, of Inglewood was arrested just after 12 a.m. Thursday morning on McClintock Avenue on the USC campus, according to booking records and law enforcement sources.

Spencer is a security guard with an active license, according to the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. 

PHOTOS: Shooting at USC Halloween party

At the apartment complex where Spencer lives, a family friend who declined to be identified described him as a "good kid." He said Spencer's family has had a difficult time since they learned of the arrest.

Authorities on Thursday said they had detained two people in connection with the shooting. It is unclear whether the second person is still being held.

The shooting -- outside a crowded Halloween party in the heart of the USC campus -- rattled nerves, coming six months after two graduate students were fatally shot in a robbery. It was the first shooting on campus in at least two decades, according to Times archives.

Los Angeles police and USC officials said the shooting stemmed from an argument between two people who were not affiliated with USC. The gunman opened fire on a former Crenshaw High School football star, Geno Hall. He was hit several times but is expected to survive. Three other bystanders, none of them students, also suffered non-life-threatening wounds.

USC President C.L. Max Nikias said in a statement that the school was "carefully assessing and reviewing all of the university's policies regarding visitors and events held on campus" but added that the risk of such violence on campus was very low. He later told The Times in an email that he would announce policy changes next week. Another school official described the shooting as "totally an isolated incident."

"Although this incident did not involve USC students and was resolved quickly, it strikes at the heart of the Trojan family," Nikias said.


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Photo: USC Department of Public Safety officers patrol campus on bicycles Thursday, the day after four people were shot outside a Halloween party. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times