SPARTANBURG Co., SC (WSPA) – One person was shot Tuesday near USC Upstate, prompting a campus-wide lock down after the shooter reportedly fled.
An alert was sent to students that shots were possibly fired near the campus library or a nearby apartment complex.
A spokesman with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office later confirmed that one person was shot in the arm at Campus Edge, a private apartment complex beside the college.
Deputies say the victim shot was not a USC Upstate student.
The victim initially told deputies he was at the complex to meet someone when he stopped to ask directions. He said the suspect started fidgeting around his waistband, pulled out a gun and started shooting.
Deputies say the victim’s story changed after he arrived at the hospital and he isn’t cooperating with investigators.
The college tweeted that the suspect is described as a black male armed with an automatic weapon and wearing khaki pants and a gray hoodie.
However, the sheriff’s office says the suspect information is inaccurate and they were never searching for a suspect on campus.
Deputies don’t think there was or is any active threat to the student and staff at the school.
The shooting remains under investigation.