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Man shot at USC apparently was calling for help, police say

April 11, 2012 |  9:09 am

Man shot at USC apparently was calling for help, police say

This post has been corrected. See below for details.

One of the two victims of a shooting at USC on Wednesday was discovered on a porch after apparently running to call for help, police said early Wednesday morning.

Cmdr. Andrew Smith said both victims appear to be Chinese international students at USC in their 20s, and that the second victim, a woman, appears to have been a graduate student.

Officers responded to calls of a shooting in progress on a quiet block of Raymond Avenue about 1 a.m.  Smith said. They arrived on the scene and found a late-model BMW with evidence of gunshots. The woman was discovered shot in the car; the man on a porch nearby was also shot, police said. Both were taken to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

[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.]

PHOTOS: USC shaken by shooting deaths of two students

Smith added a lone assailant is suspected in the shootings, but they have no information on that person. He said detectives had little to go on and were examining all possibilities, including attempted carjacking as a motive.

“We’re just hoping we get a tip from someone in the area,” he said.

Homicide detectives were going door-to-door Wednesday talking with neighbors in the 2700 block of South Raymond Avenue.

The area, several blocks from campus, contains a mix of USC students and working-class people.

Sonia Cerritos, and office cleaner from El Salvador, lives on the street and said she could not access her home last night because police had blocked it off. She said she and her husband slept in their car overnight.

“We come in at 2 a.m. and come and go without any problem,” she said.

Detectives are reviewing intersection cameras, canvassing the neighborhood and talking to people who are just waking up. The street remains crowded with TV trucks.


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Photo: The shooting scene near USC. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times