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New shooting near USC one week after 2 Chinese students killed

New shooting near USC one week after 2 Chinese students killed
A gunman stole property from USC students near fraternity row early Wednesday before getting into an confrontation with USC security officers, leading to his shooting, law enforcement officials said.

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

In the latest incident, the suspect approached four students near USC's fraternity row and demanded items, according to law enforcement sources. He placed the items in a backpack and fled on foot. The students flagged down USC security, who tracked down the suspect and confronted him, the sources said.

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An officer saw the suspect was armed, the sources said. He made a sudden move, the sources said, leading to the shooting.

A gun as well as property belonging to the students was recovered, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing.

A memorial service for the students killed last week -- Ming Qu and Ying Wu, both 23-year-old electrical engineering students -- is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday 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: LAPD investigators at an officer-involved shooting scene at Shrine Place and 30th Street near USC in Los Angeles. Credit: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times

 
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