USC campus Halloween shooting leaves four people wounded


Students and people who attended a party on the campus of USC are allowed to leave after the USC campus was in lockdown after four people were shot including one in critical condition during a Halloween party at the Tutor Campus Center on November 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California


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Four people were wounded at a shooting at a Halloween party at the University of Southern California campus on Wednesday night. The victims have not been named, but apparently include a well-known former football player from a local high school, according to City News Service.

USC is an expensive private university in the south part of Los Angeles, an area that has long had a reputation for crime. But the campus itself is usually safe from shootings, and this has been the first on-campus shooting in nearly 20 years, according to the Los Angeles Times.

However, a safe campus may not even mean that much, as two USC students were famously killed less than a year ago in a neighborhood near campus.

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In this most recent shooting, the four injured were not students, and neither were the suspected shooters, according to the Associated Press. But the shooting reinforced concerns that the expensive school is not in a great area.

The shooting occurred outside a crowded Halloween party, and the victims include a former Crenshaw High School football standout, City News Service reported. He was critically wounded, while three other people were also hospitalized. The football player, who suffered the worst of the injuries, was shot seven times but is expected to survive.