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Lockdown lifted at USC Upstate after nearby shooting; suspect on the loose

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Shooting investigation at Campus Edge Apartments (Nov. 7, 2017/FOX Carolina) Shooting investigation at Campus Edge Apartments (Nov. 7, 2017/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

USC Upstate administrators placed multiple buildings on lock-down Tuesday afternoon after a shooting near campus. According to investigators with Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, gunshots were reported at the Campus Edge apartments at 12:20 PM. The complex is across the street from the USC Upstate campus.

Shortly after, the university tweeted that the Library, Smith, CLC, and HPAC buildings were locked down as a precaution after the incident.

USC Upstate credited social media for quickly spreading information to students, staff and the surrounding community.

“We had reports that a suspect was seen running with a gun toward campus," said Whaley, "Our chief of police immediately issued a complete lock down."

After hearing those reports, USC Upstate promptly tweeted, 

"USC Upstate is on lock down. All buildings are on lock down.

Shooting confirmed at Campus Edge Apartments. Suspect on foot near campus."

-USC Upstate (@USCUpstate)  November 7, 2017

The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office responded to Campus Edge Apartments to investigate the incident. Deputies said when they arrived, they found a male victim with a gunshot wound to the arm.

Resident, Keivous Epps was at his apartment during the time of the shooting.

"I heard about 4 or 5 shots," explained Epps, "Sitting there playing a game and got up and saw dudes scatter."

Deputies said the victim initially told them he was shot when he stopped to ask for directions, but his story has changed since being transported to the hospital and he is not cooperating with investigators.

Deputies said the investigation did not take place on the university's campus.

Tammy Whaley with USC Upstate later confirmed that shooting victim was not a student. Residents at the complex reported hearing approximately five gunshots. She credited the school's emergency alert system for helping to keep students and faculty safe.

"In times like this when it could possibly be a crisis," said Whaley, "It's critically important that our students and faculty and staff are signed up for the system."

Whaley says all students, staff and faculty that were enrolled in the system received texts and emails during the process.

Just before 2 p.m., University Police announced that the campus was removed from lock-down.

Investigators do not believe there are any active threats to the school or apartment complex. However, they say they are still looking for a suspect in the shooting.

Stay with FOX Carolina for updates as they become available.

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