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UPDATE: Halloween Tutor Center Shooting

Two suspects are in custody after a shooting at USC's Ronald Tutor Center late Wednesday night.

[UPDATED Sunday, Nov. 04 | 11:00 a.m. PST: Nineteen-year-old Brandon Spencer, who was arrested on suspicion of wounding four people outside of a Halloween party on USC's campus, was identified Sunday as a security guard.  Spencer possessed a current security guard license, according to California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services records reviewed by The Los Angeles Times.]

[UPDATED Friday, Nov. 02 | 7:00 p.m. PST: Both the Undergraduate Student Body President and the Director of the Black Student Assembly released statements Friday afternoon, expressing their sympathy to the four victims who were injured at an on-campus shooting outside a party at the campus center on Halloween. The event was co-sponsored by BSA and the event planning company LA Hype. 

Lamar Gary, director of BSA, said, "We are currently working in conjunction with the administration to address any concerns that have arisen. This incident is not a reflection of the Black Student Assembly. We have gone to great lengths this year to direct our attention towards cultural awareness and mentorship." 

Michael Geragos, USG President, also released a statement saying, "It is truly disturbing that the shooting happened during one of our assembly's campus events, but we are working with our University leadership in taking immediate action to develop additional measures for campus safety and security."

As of Friday, two of the victims of the shooting were in fair condition, according to California Hospital Medical Center, but the other two victim's conditions are not being released.

According to the LAPD, one suspect has been booked for attempted murder, but a second suspect is still being questioned.


A one-time Crenshaw High School football standout was reported to be in critical, but non-life threatening condition Thursday morning after a shooting outside a Halloween party in the USC Tutor Campus Center.

According to the California Hospital Medical Center, two of the victims are now in fair condition, but the other two victims' conditions are being kept confidential at this time. 

Two people were placed in custody in connection with the shooting, and at least one of them will be charged with attempted murder, police said. 

The shooting began at 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, according to Capt. David Carlisle of the USC Department of Public Safety.

Two males, neither one a USC student, were reportedly arguing outside the party when one of them pulled out a handgun and shot the other, wounding him and three bystanders, Carlisle said.

The two people in custody were detained at the scene and one, the suspected shooter, will be charged with attempted murder, said LAPD Cmdr. Bob Green.

The status of the second detainee was not immediately clear.

USC's Department of Public Safety issued a Trojans Alert after the shooting directing students to take "shelter in place and avoid opening doors for unknown persons," and to stay off of the campus which had been declared as being on lockdown.

The lockdown was lifted around  2:15 a.m. according to a tweet from the university's Twitter account, which stated people would be allowed back on campus with a valid USC ID.

A letter to Trojans from university president C. L. Max Nikias stated that university policy requires "any student parties on campus be open only to guests with student IDs from USC or another university."

"The individuals involved were not admitted to the party at any time," he said.

Nikias addressed campus security concerns, saying, "I want to personally assure you that the university mobilized all its resources in responding to this incident, and worked closely with Los Angeles Police Department in ensuring our students’ safety."

USC has safety tips published in its campus handbook, and Nikias urged students and other members of the Trojan family to sign up for TrojansAlert.

Counseling services have also been offered to those affected by the shooting through the university through programs such as Trojans Care for Trojans and the USC Center for Work and Family Life, which can be accessed by calling (213) 821-0800.


I think the next thing to address is why Trojan Alerts was so slow. If the shooting began at 11:35 PM, why did I not get my text alert until a little past midnight? More to the point, why did the official USC Twitter account not say anything about this until an hour after the fact?

Also, I've never heard that "university policy" from Nikias in my entire time here at USC...

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there should be a story how this was heavily advertised as a public party w/ ANYONE allowed in if they paid, even though DPS released the statement - "University policy requires that any student parties on campus be open only to guests with student IDs from USC or another university. At the very least the party promoter should be held accountable if he went against school policy

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