UPDATE: Suspect at large after shooting near USC Upstate

Scene at the Campus Edge Apartments (courtesy WSPA)

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSAV) — One person was shot near the University of South Carolina Upstate Tuesday afternoon, prompting a temporary lockdown on campus.

Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by university police officers, responded to Campus Edge Apartments where they found a male victim with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his arm.

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.

When the victim got to the hospital, his story changed and isn’t cooperating with investigators, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The victim is not a student at USC Upstate.

USC Upstate officials say “the suspect fled the scene and reports indicated he was possibly running toward the USC Upstate campus.”

The campus was put on lockdown around 1:10 p.m. and 45 minutes later, University Police removed the lockdown.

Campus officials tweeted that the suspect is a black male carrying an automatic weapon and wearing khaki pants with a grey hoodie.

But the Sheriff’s Office said that suspect information is not accurate. They also confirmed that they were never searching for a suspect on campus.

The incident is still under investigation.

This story is developing. News 3 will continue to bring you further updates.

Story info: WSPA, USC Upstate

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