Arrest made in West 37th Place shooting

The Los Angeles Police Department announced Thursday afternoon the arrest of the suspect involved in the shooting of two USC students at an off-campus party Sept. 4.

Tyson Tiree Smith, 21, was arrested Wednesday night in Signal Hill in Long Beach, Calif., LAPD Southwest Division Capt. Melissa Zak said.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filled two counts of attempted murder and two counts of assault with a firearm against Smith, the district attorney’s office said.

Two USC students, a male undergraduate student and a female graduate student, were shot early on the morning of Sept. 4 on the 1200 block of West 37th Place after a confrontation allegedly occurred between Smith and the victims.

LAPD and DPS used photographic and video evidence from the crime scene to identify the suspect and track him down, Zak said.

One shot was fired at the victims. The bullet hit the female student’s finger and then hit the male in the chest. The female victim performed CPR on the male victim likely saving his life, Zak said.

Both victims were transported to California Hospital Medical Center. The female victim underwent surgery on her hand and the male victim underwent surgery on his chest. The female’s finger also likely saved the male victim’s life by slowing down the trajectory of the bullet, Zak said.

The male victim was released from the hospital today and the female victim was released from the hospital early last week. Zak said.

Rachel Bracker contributed to this report.

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