August 21, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A reputed gang member has been charged with four counts of attempted murder for allegedly opening fire outside a Halloween party on the University Southern California campus.
Twenty-year-old Brandon Spencer of Inglewood was named in a complaint filed Monday by Los Angeles County prosecutors.
Four people were wounded, one critically. The party attended by hundreds of people was sponsored by a student organization but neither the shooter nor the victims were students at USC.
The felony complaint says the shootings were committed for the benefit and at the direction of a criminal street gang. If convicted, Spencer could go to prison for life.
The shootings occurred despite a strengthening of security following the April slayings of two Chinese graduate students about a mile from the school.
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