Graduate student Matthew Hamilton said the crowd scattered when the gunfire began, ducking behind concrete benches and hiding in bushes. One girl, he said, had "terror in her eyes." He saw two of the victims run toward a nearby building, one stopping on the stairs, another lying on the ground nearby. He added that there was a "very quick response" by USC's safety officers and the LAPD.
Inside the party, students didn't immediately realize what had happened outside and the music continued playing.
Eugene Hall said his son had attended the party with several of his former football teammates, including Davonte Smith, who was shot in the foot. The younger Hall, the 2009 L.A. City Football Player of the Year, was recovering at California Hospital Medical Center after being shot in the stomach, left thigh, leg, buttocks and arm, his father said.
"The doc says he'll pull through," said Hall, a 47-year-old barber in Compton.
Hall said that he did not know why his son was shot or who the suspects were but that USC should keep those who are not in school away from campus parties.
The younger Hall is working on an associate of arts degree and playing football at West Los Angeles Community College, his father said. His goal was to transfer to a university, possibly in Oregon, Hawaii or New Mexico, to play football.