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L.A. Now live: Chat with reporters about USC shooting

April 11, 2012 | 12:09 pm

This post has been corrected. See below for details.

Chat with Los Angeles Times reporter Andrew Blankstein and City Editor Shelby Grad about the latest in the slaying of two USC students near campus.

The chat will begin at 1 p.m. at www.latimes.com/lanow. Questions can be asked live during the chat or by submitting a comment above.

Sarah Ardalani, who has been tracking homicides in L.A. for the Times' Homicide Report, will also be on discussing homicides and crime statistics in the neighborhood.

The graduate students in USC's electrical engineering department were fatally shot about 1 a.m. Wednesday when a gunman opened fire on their BMW in what police believe was a bungled robbery attempt.

One of the victims, a man in his 20s, attempted to run for help after being shot but never made it. He was found collapsed on a porch, police said. The other victim, a woman in her 20s, was found slumped over in the BMW parked in the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue.

[For the Record, 8:20 a.m. April 12: An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to South Raymond Avenue. The correct address is the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue just south of Adams Boulevard.]

-- Kimi Yoshino