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Police: 2 dead in apparent murder-suicide on USC campus

Published:Friday | February 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Law enforcement officials gather on the campus of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., after shots were fired at its new School of Public Health yesterday

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP):

Two people died on Thursday in an apparent murder-suicide on the University of South Carolina's campus, a shooting state law enforcement authorities called "very isolated".

The state's flagship university said in two alerts via its emergency system and Twitter that a shooting had occurred at the new School of Public Health, in a busy section of downtown Columbia.

State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said in a brief news conference that he did not have any other details about the apparent murder-suicide. He said the two people were found in the public health building, but would not say where.

Berry says there was "no active shooter situation". He did not release any names.

"Every indication we have seen so far it appears to be a very isolated incident - a murder-suicide," he said.

A school spokesman would not immediately comment.

Student Hayden Dunn, a senior from Myrtle Beach, said he was in the building about 1 p.m., getting in an elevator to change classes, when a police officer also got inside. Dunn said the officer asked whether anyone had heard gunshots, but they had not. Dunn said he went to class, then an alarm sounded five minutes later, and people rushed outside. Another office told him shots had been fired, he said.

"Otherwise, you wouldn't have known anything happened," Dunn said.

Some roads were blocked in the immediate area after the shooting, but students still walked around campus, along with some vehicles that drove where they could.

The shooting happened a couple of blocks from the Statehouse and two blocks from the university's basketball arena. The street is one of the city's busiest. Sirens could be heard as more police officers arrived at the public health building.