A non-USC man in his 20s was shot in the stomach in a drive-by shooting near the corner of 29th and Hoover Streets early Saturday morning.
The victim was shot outside of a private party at 1162 W. 29th St. around 12:30 a.m. He ran down 29th before collapsing in front of Regent Apartments, a USC-owned housing complex. Dept. of Public Safety and LAPD officers responded immediately.
Louis Wright, a resident of 1162 W. 29th St., confirmed there was a party being held at the house at the time of the incident.
Wright said he had turned several people away from the party in the minutes leading up to the shooting.
“There was a party going on and people couldn’t get in because they were too intoxicated,” Wright said. “We turned them away, and then there were some shots.”
Some students who had been at a nearby party on 29th said they had heard an argument outside just before they heard the gunshots.
Erica Dolcini, a senior majoring in policy, planning and development, said the argument prompted her and others at the party to call DPS. While they were on the phone with DPS they heard the sound of shots being fired.
“It’s kind of terrifying because it’s one of those moments where you just don’t know how quickly they were going to respond,” Dolcini said, adding that everyone in the house moved away from the windows as soon as they heard the gunshots.
Students who were in the area at the time reported hearing several gunshots in quick succession — most students said they heard between four and six shots.
Jacob Copman, a sophomore majoring in international relations and chemical engineering who was on the corner of 29th and Orchard Avenue at the time of the shooting, said he heard six gunshots and saw six LAPD officers rush to the scene within seconds.
Most officers had left the scene by 1:30 a.m.
DPS never issued a Trojans Alert about the shooting, a decision that upset many students.
“The fact that no one bothered to maybe alert me or assure me that everything would be alright I think is completely unacceptable,” said Ryan Morris, a sophomore majoring in business administration who lives in Sunset Apartments on 29th, in the same block where the shooting occurred.
“I understand that we live in an urban environment and I chose to come to USC knowing that, but it almost seems as if they were trying to conceal it by not informing students.”
DPS Capt. David Carlisle said DPS chose not to send the Trojans Alert because there was no USC involvement in the incident.
“It appears that someone was specifically targeted, and at this point it didn’t appear that anyone from USC would have been an intended target, which is why the Trojan Alert didn’t go out,” Carlisle said. “It was not considered to be an ongoing threat.”
Some students, however, said that because many students live on 29th or walk by that area, DPS should have alerted the USC community to what had happened.
“Probably 99 percent of residents on 29th Street are students, so to state that students were not involved is not responsible,” Morris said.
Additionally, students who heard the gunshots go off said they would have appreciated knowing if it was safe to go outside.
“While it may not have been an ongoing threat, if they don’t tell us that, we don’t know,” said Meg Manning, a junior majoring in cinematic arts-critical studies. “If students see police cars and streets blocked off it allows our imaginations to run wild and cause more panic than letting us know the reality of the situation. I think not informing students causes panic.”
The victim was transported to the hospital and is currently in stable condition, according to an LAPD spokesperson.
No arrests have been made in the case. The incident has been classified as non-gang related.
Lauren March contributed to this report.