Man Shot Near USC, Students Told to Stay Indoors Friday Night

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An unidentified 23-year-old man was shot two times while celebrating his birthday at an apartment complex near USC Friday night.

USC students were temporarily told to stay indoors and not open the door to strangers after the non-lethal shooting took place around 11:30 p.m., The Daily Trojan reported. LAPD cleared The Lorenzo Apartments at 325 Adams Blvd. where the shooting took place and put it on lockdown, and USC’s Dept. of Public Safety put out the campus-wide warning to students shortly after the shooting, urging them to stay away from the area and seek shelter.

By 1:30 a.m., residents were allowed to return to their homes, and by 1:44 a.m., another Trojan Alert said it was safe to resume normal activities.

The victim was undergoing surgery at 2 a.m. and is in critical condition, police said, according to NBCLA. The victim, who is not a USC student, according to a witness who described himself as the victim’s cousin, was celebrating his birthday when a fight may have broken out on the 4th floor patio, according to police.

Police are still investigating the incident, and the suspect is still at large. He was described by police as a black male in his early 20s, about six-feet tall and weighing between 160 and 180 pounds, according to ATVN. He was last seen wearing camouflage hat and pants.