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Uninvited Guest Shoots Two USC Students After Being Accused of Stealing Party Host's Dr. Dre Headphones

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Two USC students were shot at party last night, after the host accused the shooter of stealing his Dr. Dre "Beats" Headphones, according to The Daily Trojan.The suspect drew a gun and shot a man and woman who had stepped in to help the host. The male victim, an undergraduate student, was seriously injured after being shot in the chest, while the woman was shot once in the hand. Both are expected to survive.

Gueston Cordae Smith, a sophomore who attended the party, gave his eyewitness account of the incident to The Daily Trojan.

"We were dancing and having a good time, and all of a sudden the victim turned on the lights and was acting really angry," Smith said. "[The victim] said that his headphones were stolen … and then walked up to the shooter."

The suspect and his friends hadn't been invited to the party at an apartment complex at West 37th Place, just west of campus. Smith said the shooter was quick on the draw.

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"An argument came up and, not even a minute later, the [shooter] pulled out a gun," Smith said. "I saw that gun in his hand, so I grabbed two of the girls who were with me and just ran out. As soon as I was running down the hall, I heard a gunshot."

The suspect is described as a black male between 18 and 25. He was wearing blue jeans without a shirt when he fled, LAPD Sgt. Will Smith said.

Neighbors said the apartment where the shooting happened gets a lot of visits from the cops. This is the third visit USC's Department of Public Safety has made to the apartment since the school year began late last month.

"It's the same building over and over again," Carlos, a resident who has lived across the street for 20 years, told Annenberg TV News. "It's scary enough that there should be security at the building at all times. It's sad to hear that the students who live there are not given proper security."

No gun has been recovered — but police did find those Dre headphones at the scene.