Shooting at USC; Update: Suspect in custody

http://twitter.com/#!/EdTech_FTW/status/263903758516375552

Shooting on campus @usc, suspect is still at large stay inside and lock your doors!!

— Maddie Kirkland (@mad_kirk) November 1, 2012

LAPD has confirmed that at least two people have been taken by ambulance to the hospital

— Annenberg TV News (@atvn) November 1, 2012

Trojan alert urging students to “Shelter in place and avoid opening doors for unknown persons”

— Annenberg TV News (@atvn) November 1, 2012

LA Times:

The Los Angeles Police Department was responded to reports of a shooting on the campus of USC late Wednesday night.

LAPD sources said the incident occurred outside a Halloween party and that at least one person was injured. It’s unclear if either the victim or the gunman were students at USC.

The condition of the victim was not immediately known.

The daughter of “Shield” star Michael Chiklis is OK:

Does anyone have any information about the #USC shooting tonight?!!!

— Michael Chiklis (@MichaelChiklis) November 1, 2012

.@brandonrowe14 Yes, we just heard from her. She’s fine. She was on campus when the shooting occurred but did not see it. Very upsetting.

— Michael Chiklis (@MichaelChiklis) November 1, 2012

Information about the shooter/shooting is still scarce. @neontommy has a few more details:

The suspect fled toward Exposition Boulevard, just south of the campus center. He was wearing a white baseball shirt with red sleeves.

A pair of Neon Tommy reporters in the Campus Center courtyard at the time reported that didn’t hear gunshots, but “a mob people” fled from the main campus center building. The Campus Center contains a study area beneath on the entrance floor. In the basement level are the student radio station, a campus bar, a small concert venue adjacent to the bar and a grand ballroom.

The concert venue, Tommy’s Place, listed on its website a “Ghosts N’ Stuff: Haunted DJs” party from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Judging by the webcam tape on web-app.usc.edu/tommycam/ it appears the shooting occurred at ~11:15pm at the Tutor Center. DPS arrives at 11:22.

— Matt Schrader (@mattschrader) November 1, 2012

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Update:

Oh boy. This doesn’t look good. “@mattthamiltonn: Photo of one victim of USC shooting helped by police/emergency crews twitter.com/mattthamiltonn…

— Matt Schrader (@mattschrader) November 1, 2012

We are seeing conflicting reports as to the status of the suspect. One Twitter user says the alleged shooter has been caught and that two suspects have been arrested:

Suspect caught, weapon still to be found

— Alexa Hess (@hess_a) November 1, 2012

latest tweet confirmed by DPS

— Alexa Hess (@hess_a) November 1, 2012

TWO suspects are being arrested at the Tutor campus center on the #USC campus

— Alexa Hess (@hess_a) November 1, 2012

Information is still very sketchy.

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Still more conflicting reports:

Contrary to the last report, @usc just tweeted out suspect is at large.

— Will Robinson (@Will_Robinson_) November 1, 2012

Latest reports saying the suspect is in custody, confirmed by DPS. #USC #shooting #staysafe

— Janet Edbrooke (@jmedbrooke) November 1, 2012

@johnie_freatman Yeah, gunman supposedly fled toward Exposition so I don’t know he could be apprehended on campus…

— usc psycho uscsyco (@uscpsycho) November 1, 2012

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A fourth victim has reportedly been located:

USC: LAFD just found a 4th patient also with a GSW to the back

— VerdugoScanner (@VerdugoScanner) November 1, 2012

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There was another shooting at a Halloween party in Hollywood tonight. Unclear if the two shootings are related.

#USC shooting followed shooting in #Hollywood that left 3 injured latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/10/…

— Andrew Blankstein (@anblanx) November 1, 2012

I was supposed to go to both of the halloween events in WeHo and at USC and they both had shootings. #thatsjustLAthough

— Mitchell Ryan-Cain (@MitchellMRC) November 1, 2012

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Doesn’t sound like the primary suspect has been arrested:

Breaking: entire LAPD night watch unit plus up to roughly 44 patrol units dispatched for #USC #shooting, accrd to LAPD off. Darcy Cornwall

— Eddie Kim (@eddiekimx) November 1, 2012

Just so we’re clear: Suspects have been arrested, but the alleged gunman is still at large. Stay inside, lock up, Trojans.

— Will Robinson (@Will_Robinson_) November 1, 2012

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None of the victims were USC students?

According to a few people who were at the party in TCC, none of the victims are #USC students.

— McKenna Keil (@mckenna_keil) November 1, 2012

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The LA Times has an eye-witness account of the shooting:

A USC student, who asked not to be named, said a student group was hosting the party and that it was at maximum capacity. The witness said there were about 100 people outside — as well as some campus police — when at least four shots rang out.

“Everyone started running. I saw a guy who was shot in the leg. He was limping and screaming for his friends to help him. ‘I got shot. can someone give me a ride.’ his friends were helping him walk,” the witness said. “People were screaming and running away.”

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As noted above, it seems as thought the primary suspect is still at large, but at least one person was arrested:

@latimes USC shooting #gotem #dontmesswithdps twitter.com/FlackThought/s…

— Jason Flack (@FlackThought) November 1, 2012

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LA Times using Twitter to locate on-campus sources:

Heading to #USC for the shooting. Anyone hear or see anything and wanna talk to the LAT, let me know.

— Kate Mather (@katemather) November 1, 2012

@katemather I’m a student, Currently on campus right now in lockdown waiting it out. Was working late and was outside when it happened.

— Stephanie Kennedy (@StephSayinStuff) November 1, 2012

@stephsayinstuff Hi Stephanie, can you please DM me your number so we can chat? Thanks.

— Kate Mather (@katemather) November 1, 2012

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@USC finally reports the shooting, says suspect is still at large.

Shooting reported in the area of the Tutor Campus Center on UPC Campus. Shelter in secure location; avoid opening doors for unknown persons.

— USC (@USC) November 1, 2012

Suspect at large. Avoid TTC. If you hear shots fired or believe suspect in your area, call DPS @ 213-740-4321 if safe to do so.

— USC (@USC) November 1, 2012

What took them so long?

RESPONSE: USC took ~29 minutes to alert students about a gunman on campus. @usc took more than an hour to Tweet the alert.

— Matt Schrader (@mattschrader) November 1, 2012

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Shooting suspect is still on campus?

USC Campus Center on lockdown. Shooter is allegedly located on the third floor. #USC

— Alexa Hess (@hess_a) November 1, 2012

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Related post: Unconfirmed: Twitter identifies former football star Geno Hall as victim of shooting

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Primary suspect is now in police custody?

Gunman in custody according to LAPD Bob Green. Non USC suspect. @dailytrojan

— Eddie Kim (@eddiekimx) November 1, 2012

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via @latimes: “Police believe the gunman was not a USC student and that the shooting was tied to a dispute not related to the university.”

— Neon Tommy (@neontommy) November 1, 2012

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Our thoughts are with the victims.

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USC confirms that the suspect is now in custody.

Trojans Alert: Police-related incident in progress at TCC. Investigation ongoing. Suspect in custody. Campus still on lockdown.

— USC (@USC) November 1, 2012

Trojans Alert: Threat is over. No students, faculty or staff involved. Campus open to those with USC ID. Classes resume in morning.

— USC (@USC) November 1, 2012

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