USC Shooting Suspect Identified as Security Guard, Charged with Attempted Murder
A 19-year-old man was arrested in connection to the Halloween shooting at USC
19-year-old Brandon Spencer, of Inglewood, California, was arrested on attempted murder charges, in connection to the USC Tutor Campus Center shooting, on Halloween night.As we reported at the time, four were wounded on the USC campus on October 31, with one person suffering severe injuries. The incident occurred during a party attended by at least 100 people, and none of the victims was a USC student.
Spencer's target has been identified as Geno Hall, former Crenshaw High School star football player. According to KTLA, Hall was shot in the stomach, left thigh, leg, buttocks and arm, totaling 7 gun wounds. He is currently hospitalized, finding himself in critical, yet stable condition.
Police believe the other three partygoers that suffered gunshots were just caught in the midst of an argument.
Spencer is listed by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services in California as a licensed security guard. He was detained on McClintock Avenue on the USC campus, on Thursday, November 1, at around 12 a.m.
Geno Hall was voted L.A. City Football Player of the Year in 2009, and studied at West Los Angeles Community College. Father Eugene explained that his son planned to transfer to a university where he could continue playing football, having his sights set on colleges in Oregon, Hawaii and New Mexico.
He had left for the party accompanied by four friends, that night. One member of his group has also been shot, in the foot. "There goes the Neighborhood," Hall had posted on Twitter that night, along with a photo of himself arriving at the USC event.
No information about the shooter's motive has been released to this point. Hall's father explains that his son did not have any enemies.
“Geno's a good kid, just goes to school and comes home. [...] I don't see why anybody would want to do this - to target him,” Eugene Hall said.
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