USC’s police department is on the location of the incident. The building’s entrances have been taped off. (Photo by Lauren Leibman)

A USC student was taken to the hospital around lunchtime Tuesday after an incident near a science building off Assembly Street.

Carolina Alert posted a tweet at 11:17 a.m. today telling individuals to avoid the area on Devine Street, between Main and Assembly streets.

The surrounding roads were closed but reopened around 2 p.m.

University of South Carolina spokesperson Jeff Stensland said there is no ongoing threat to public safety.

The university did not send out a text message or email alert to students per university policy. USC only sends direct alerts during an emergency that poses risk to life and requires action.

The Jones Physical Science Center was taped off. No one was allowed to enter.

Hannah Maise, general manager of Fire House Subs on Main Street, saw the aftermath of the incident and said she was concerned for the student.

Reporter Emily Okon contributed to this story.

USCPD and Columbia Police Department are on the scene. Several bystanders witnessed the event and say they have been speaking with police. Daniel Ford, a junior at USC, was parked near the incident site. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Ford)


Lauren Leibman

Lauren Leibman

Leibman is a junior journalism student at the University of South Carolina. She is interested in the arts and social justice issues, often seeking out stories that examine how the topics overlap. She also has several years experience with The Daily Gamecock, where she first wrote about diversity, inclusion and access in the Columbia art scene.

Bridget Frame

Bridget Frame

Frame is a senior journalism major at the University of South Carolina. She enjoys writing about unusual news events and finding local personalities. Her interests range from crime to art festivals and everything in-between. In her free time, she enjoys drinking coffee, binge-reading and cooking.