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Female USC student, man fatally shot near campus

April 11, 2012 |  7:18 am

This post has been updated. See below for more details.

Police investigating the slaying of a man and woman near the USC campus early Wednesday have determined the woman was a student at the university and are trying to confirm whether the man was a student as well.

LAPD sources told The Times detectives are working with USC on the case. The woman was a foreign exchange student on the campus, and police are trying to reach the man's family overseas, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

The shooting was reported about 1 a.m. in the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue. Few details were immediately available. But officials said each of the victims, described as Asians in their early 20s, was shot at least once. They were in a BMW car when the incident occurred.

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Investigators did not immediately identify the victims or release a suspect description. Police believe it could have been a robbery attempt.

Anyone who was in the area and might have witnessed the incident is urged to immediately call investigators with Southwest Area Homicide at (213) 485-2417.

Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477)

USC issued the following alert to the campus this morning: "Wednesday morning, April 11, 2012, two individuals, a male and a female, were shot in a car in front of a residence on Raymond Avenue near 27th Street in Los Angeles. The female victim has been identified as a USC student. Los Angeles Police Department responded immediately to the scene and the victims were taken to California Hospital where they were pronounced dead. Names of the victims are withheld pending notification of next of kin. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are unclear."

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[For the record, April 11, 2012 at 1:20 p.m.: An earlier version of this post included a map with an incorrect location of the slaying.]

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