Shooting at the University of South Carolina

[CN: gun violence, self-harm. There is a video at the link which includes images of frightened people]

There has been a shooting at the University of South Carolina today, which led to canceled classes and a lockdown. The situation has apparently been resolved, but details are sketchy at this time. Two people are dead, according to The State:
University of South Carolina police and others responded to the shooting at the Public Health Research Center on the Columbia campus about 1 p.m. University spokesman Wes Hickman subsequently said the building had been secured and an all clear issued.

However, confusion persisted. According to the USC's Darla Moore School of Business, USC police were saying not to release students from that nearby building, even though the threat had passed....

...Thom Berry of SLED said the agency was investigating a murder-suicide in the public health building. “There was no active shooter other than the two deceased,” Berry said. No names were released, and Berry wouldn't say if the two killed included students, faculty or others related to USC.

For context, USC in Columbia is in a historic district that borders on a busy business area. The South Carolina State House (capitol building) is a block from campus. So in addition to terrorizing a campus of nearly 33,000 students, this situation was also a cause of great alarm for other large sections of the population, and had the potential to shut down state government.

My deepest sympathies to all who are suffering or in distress because of this incident, particularly to the families and friends of the deceased.

Please use this thread as a safe space to discuss the shooting. As ever, please refrain from posting images, and take care to use content notes for links or descriptions of potentially triggering material. Updates are welcome additions.

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