USC students' slayings: $75,000 reward to be offered by city
The city of Los Angeles plans to offer a $75,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who fatally shot two USC graduate students outside a home near campus.
The office of L.A. City Councilman Bernard C. Parks announced the reward Tuesday morning, according to City News Service. Calls to Parks' office were not immediately returned.
The reward comes in addition to a $125,000 reward already offered by USC.
Police have said they hope to identify an assailant in dark clothing and a dark-colored car that sped away moments after the attack.
The victims have been identified as Ming Qu and Ying Wu, graduate students from China studying electrical engineering at USC. They were shot early Wednesday on the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue.
The news about the reward comes after the parents of the two students visited the scene of the crime Sunday evening and met with detectives Monday to discuss the horrific events.
The students were sitting in a 2003 BMW around 1 a.m. last Wednesday when a gunman came up and shot two or three times into the driver's side. The students had been chatting, with the car double-parked. Property belonging to the students was missing, leading investigators to suspect that robbery may have been the motive for the crime. Three neighbors heard the gunshots and called 911. Shortly after the shooting, a witness saw a person in dark clothing running from the scene, according to Deputy Police Chief Pat Gannon.
Gannon said a dark-colored car, possibly an American model, pulled away right after the shots were fired. After reviewing surveillance footage from video cameras in the area, the LAPD has identified 75 vehicles that fit the description of the dark car. Gannon said detectives are chasing down the ownership of each of the vehicles.
The students had been studying before the attack. Qu drove Wu to the house where she was renting a room. He parked in front of the home while Wu went briefly inside to change her clothes. She went back outside and the two continued talking in the car. After the shooting, Qu attempted to run for help but collapsed on a nearby porch with a gunshot wound to the head, Gannon said. Wu was found slumped over inside the vehicle.
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Photo: USC students stop to add flowers to a memorial for the two USC students killed near campus. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times