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USC officers shoot suspect accused of robbing students at gunpoint

April 18, 2012 |  6:30 am

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USC security officers shot and wounded a man early Wednesday morning after he allegedly robbed four students at gunpoint, police said.

The incident comes a week after two USC graduate students from China were shot and killed in a car on the 2900 block of South Raymond Avenue.

The Daily Trojan reported Wednesday's incident took place about 12:40 a.m. when four USC students -- two men and two women --were walking near 28th and Figueroa, an area known as The Row, for the large number of fraternities and sororities. They were approached by a black male, armed with a gun, who demanded their property, the newspaper reported.

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The women gave the man what they had. He then ran off through a parking lot, where he was confronted by officers from the school's Department of Public Safety. He allegedly brandished the gun and was shot, suffering a non-life-threatening wound, the newspaper reported.

The students were unharmed, and the case was turned over to LAPD investigators.

A memorial service for Ming Qu and Ying Wu, both 23-year-old electrical engineering students, is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the university's Shrine Auditorium.

No one has been arrested in connection with their deaths. The city and school have offered rewards totaling $200,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.


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Photo: Jing Li, an alumni of USC, arrives last Friday to place flowers in front of the home where murder victim Ying Wu, an electrical engineering gradute student from China, was staying. The home is on Raymond Street in Los Angeles, near the campus. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times