Police were allegedly responding to reports of an active shooter on the campus of USC (University of Southern California) around 12:45p (pacific time) this afternoon. Details are still trickling in. According to the Los Angeles Times:
At about 12:30 p.m., a police chopper was circling overhead and students sitting outside a campus food court have all been moved inside. On social media, some students and employees said they were sheltering in place inside classrooms and offices.
“Shelter in place threat or danger to the USC community,” the university said.
The LAPD said it was looking into reports of a shooting but did not provide further details
More details according to Local ABC 4:
The university issued an alert urging students and staff to shelter in place or avoid the area of 610 Childs Way on the University Park Campus.
Officers were searching Fertitta Hall at the Marshall School of Business. University officials said shots were reported but not confirmed.
UPDATE!!! Tmz is reporting that no shooting is happening. According to TMZ:
The LAPD has now determined there was NO shooting on the USC campus.
Officials say a “systematic search was conducted” and there is “no danger to community.”
More than a dozen LAPD squad cars raced to the University of Southern California campus moments ago after reports of a shooting … though cops have not confirmed that shots were actually fired.