Fatal Shootings Near USC Campus Prompt Safety Concerns Among Students
“It’s weird that they didn’t tell us what to do,” Charlie Jackson, a freshman living in Troy East, said. “I thought they would say something like ‘Be careful where you are.’”
While DPS included a website with safety tips in the email, the body focused primarily on the details of the incident including the students’ genders and the steps taken after the death. Further details illuminated by the L.A. Times shows that the police believe the crime occurred during a car-jacking.
“It makes me a little nervous, because of the proximity to where I live,” Rebecca Hoff, a senior living about three blocks from 27th Street, said. “I think if we had more of those yellow-shirt people it would be better, they kind of stop at Troy.” She added that the DPS officers—those in yellow-shirts patrolling around USC—tend to stop after most undergraduate housing, and do not protect the graduate housing around the area.
“The first thing I saw was the text message, I thought it was crazy, definitely not good,” Zhikun Hue, a sophomore living in downtown L.A., said. “I live in a pretty safe area, but I worry about others.”
DPS is working in conjunction with the LAPD in order to uncover further information about the crime. The victims were both international students. Their names have not been released pending notification of the next of kin.
“I don’t think homicides occur very often,” said Hue, “but the security is understandably worse than other places here.”
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