Two graduate students were fatally shot early Wednesday morning as they sat in a car in front of a residence on Raymond Avenue near 27th Street, according to Dept. of Public Safety Capt. David Carlisle.
The Los Angeles Police Department responded to the scene in the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue shortly after 1 a.m., where one female, 23-year-old Ying Wu, and one male, 23-year-old Ming Qu, were found shot.
The victims were transported to California Hospital Medical Center in Downtown Los Angeles where they were pronounced dead.
Officers found the female victim inside the “late-model BMW” and the male victim outside of the vehicle. At some point after being shot, the male victim fled from the car to a nearby porch to seek help, according to Cdr. Andrew Smith.
Wu and Qu both studied electrical engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering.
LAPD said the suspect at large is male. No other details or descriptions have been provided about the suspect.
“We are saddened and outraged at this horrific act,” Denzil Suite, associate vice president for Student Affairs, said in a statement. “I encourage us to pull together as a community for support and comfort during this difficult time.”
Michael L. Jackson, vice president for student affairs, and Todd Dickey, senior vice president of administration released a joint statement to the USC community.
“Our community is saddened and outraged by this callous and meaningless act. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims’ families and friends and all who knew them at USC,” Jackson and Dickey said in the statement.
Those with information on the shooting are asked to call investigators at Southwest Area Homicide at (213) 485-2417.