On the eve of a memorial service for two USC international students shot and killed last weeknear the South Los Angeles campus, another shooting incident -- this time involving campus police -- has taken place a few blocks from the university.
At approximately 12:40 a.m. Wednesday morning, officers of USC's Department of Public Safety shot and wounded a robbery suspect near the intersection of 30th and Figueroa Streets, adjacent to the inner-city campus.
Four USC students were stopped on the streets by the suspect who displayed a hand gun and demanded their property. The two females in the group turned over their property while the two male students started chasing the suspect through a parking lot, according to a report in The Daily Trojan.
DPS Capt. David Carlisle told The Daily Trojan that the suspect, who didn't suffer life-threatening wounds, was shot after being confronted by armed university officers who converged on the scene.
The wounded suspect was detained by LAPD officers called to the scene.
The officer-involved shooting comes as the neighborhood surrounding USC is still suffering the shock of last week's killings and as the degree of general safety of the area around the university has come under scrutiny.
Statistics compiled by the Los Angeles Times show the neighborhoods around the campus to be among the top 10 to 15 percent most violent of more than 200 communities studied by the paper.