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Man, woman fatally shot near USC were students from China, police say

April 11, 2012 |  8:03 am

Police interview people at the shooting scene near USC.

Police sources said Wednesday the man and woman killed during a possible attempted robbery near USC were students at the university from China.

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 in their BMW.

Police believe they were shot during an attempted robbery. Investigators did not immediately release a suspect description.

PHOTOS: USC shaken by shooting deaths of two students

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."

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators with Southwest Area Homicide at (213) 485-2417. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

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Photo: Police interview people at the shooting scene near USC. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

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