Shooting Investigated Near USC; Risk to Students Downplayed
EXPOSITION PARK (CNS) – Police are investigating a shooting in the Exposition Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles today, authorities said.
Units from multiple Los Angeles Police Department stations were called to assist with the incident, which occurred near 36th Street and Normandie Avenue in Los Angeles at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a watch commander at 77th Station.
The location is about two minutes from the University of Southern California.
Video posted to the social media app Citizen appeared to show police escorting apparent hostages to safety outside an It’s Boba Time at Vermont Avenue and 36th Place, where a suspect was reportedly barricaded.
At 11:54 p.m., a USC spokesperson said there was no risk to students who live nearby.
“No immediate threat exists,” the spokesperson said. “If you reside within this area, please stay inside and report any suspicious activity to (the university’s Department of Public Safety).”
However, school officials cautioned those living outside the area to stay away.
The investigation was still ongoing as of 12:20 a.m. Sunday.