The Daily Gamecock

In context: Past shootings at USC


This is the first time in 31 years The Daily Gamecock has had to report a shooting tragedy on campus.

In 1979, during a fraternity party at Bates West, two students were killed and five were wounded after an 18-year-old student opened fire.

Then, five years later, Philip Zeltner, a jilted former professor, shot himself after holding former USC President Jim Holderman's staff hostage on the Horseshoe.

Tragedy, unfortunately, is not new on the Columbia campus. We have reprinted the corresponding front pages of The Gamecock from 1979 and 1984, to give students a look into the university's history and to give Thursday's events new context as we move forward.