Shots fired at University of South Carolina

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Law enforcement officials gather on the campus of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., after shots were fired at its new School of Public Health, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. There were no immediate reports on injury or suspects. (AP Photo/The State, Tim Dominick)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The University of South Carolina says there is no longer a threat on campus after shots were fired at its new School of Public Health.

The school issued the alert Tuesday afternoon after initially warning students of the shooting and telling them to seek shelter.

There was no immediate word on injuries in the shooting or possible suspects.

The State Law Enforcement Division has taken over the investigation. A news conference was planned later Thursday afternoon.

A school spokesman wouldn’t immediately comment.

The shooting happened a couple of blocks from the Statehouse and two blocks from the university’s basketball arena. The street is one of the city’s busiest. Sirens could be heard as more police officers arrived at the public health building.

Student Hayden Dunn, a senior from Myrtle Beach, said he was in the building about 1 p.m., getting in an elevator to change classes, when a police officer also got inside. Dunn said the officer asked whether anyone had heard gunshots, but they hadn’t. Dunn said he went to class, then an alarm sounded five minutes later, and people rushed outside. Another office told him shots had been fired, he said.

“Otherwise, you wouldn’t have known anything happened,” Dunn said.

Some roads were blocked in the immediate area Thursday, but students still walked around campus, along with some vehicles that drove where they could.

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