DPS officers respond to sound of gunfire near campus
Students who heard a noise that sounded like a gunshot early this morning werenât alone.
A DPS Community Service Officer patrolling near Gate 3 heard what he thought was a gunshot around 3:40 a.m. this morning, though officers still donât know what â if anything â was shot.
âThere may have been [shots], but we havenât found anything thatâs been shot, whether a building, a car or whatever,â DPS Capt. David Carlisle said.
Officers did find a suspect and weapons, though. Minutes after the CSO reported hearing the potential gunshots, a different DPS officer saw a vehicle speeding down Figueroa Street and turn onto Jefferson Boulevard, Carlisle said.
DPS followed the vehicle until it eventually stopped near a residence on Magnolia Avenue. Officers found two handguns and numerous shell casings during a search of the car, and LAPD subsequently arrested the driver, a 27-year-old-male from Bell Gardens, on a concealed weapon charge.
LAPD officers are still trying to determine if shots we actually fired. There is currently no known connection to USC.