After shots were reported at the School of Public Health on Thursday, police reportedly said that the incident was a murder-suicide.
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry spoke to television station WLTX but did not identify whether the people who were killed were students or faculty.
“There was no active shooter situation, other than the two individuals that are now deceased and were involved in this situation,” he told the local station.
About an hour after the first report of shots, the university sent out an alert saying that there was no longer an existing threat.
“Law Enforcement have determined that there is no longer an existing threat within the School of Public Health. The building remains closed at this time. All surrounding streets are closed,” read the USC alert, posted on Twitter and on the school’s website at about 2:15 p.m. ET.
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