Law enforcement officers believe they caught the person responsible for
shooting a man outside a university Halloween party, leaving him seriously
wounded and injuring three others. The event, requiring student ID's
for entrance, nevertheless attracted a large number of locals, including
the suspect and victim.
Despite the crowded environment, school officials say no students were
hurt during the incident. The shooting took place at approximately 11:45
p.m. on October 31st, as the Black Student Assembly was throwing a "Freaks or Geeks"
costumed Halloween party inside the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. Before
the attack, over four hundred students had packed inside the building
for the event, and a line of at least one hundred more people had formed
outside waiting to get in.
Flyers for the "Freak or Greek" party advertised it as a safer
alternative to the rowdier events occurring by the Fraternity Houses,
with campus security providing protection for the gathering. As an added
precaution, entrance to the event required a university ID.
Despite the safety measures, witnesses claim that a large number of non-students
were waiting in line or had already been turned away at the door. One
such group included a former high school athletic standout and local LA
hero, who was attending a nearby community college. While waiting in line
outside the party, witnesses say the former football star got into a heated
argument with another local. The other man allegedly pulled a gun out
his pocket and fired upon the victim, causing a panicked flight from the scene.
Campus security alleges that they grabbed the shooter and another man attempting
to leave on foot, taking them into custody until the investigation is
complete. The victim was rushed to the hospital for treatment of his injuries,
including seven gunshot wounds. Four other bystanders sustained minor
injuries in the chaos, and were released by paramedics at the scene.
The incident is not the first violent assault this year, after two graduate
students were murdered during what is believed to have been an attempted
robbery in April. Only a week after that tragedy, a man was arrested after robbing
several students at gunpoint and sentenced to twenty years in prison.
Campus officials say they are reconsidering several school policies in
an effort to increase security.
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