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One slain USC student was shot in head, police say

April 11, 2012 |  3:28 pm

LAPD detectives investigate the scene of a fatal shooting of two USC students.

This post has been corrected. Please see note below.

As USC identified the students who were fatally shot early Wednesday, police sources also provided more details about the nature of their wounds.

The students were identified as Ming Qu and Ying Wu, both 23-year-old electrical engineering graduate students from China.

Police sources familiar with the investigation said the two were friends and regularly spent evenings chatting on the front porch of the home on Raymond Avenue where the shooting occurred.

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One friend said the electrical engineering students are a close-knit circle that includes about 100 Chinese students, making it the major with the most Chinese students from abroad.

Qu would often ride his bike to Wu's home, where the two would converse on the porch, the sources said. But on Wednesday, it was raining and Qu was in his BMW that friends said was a 2003 model he bought for $10,000. Police said a witness told them the two had been studying at the library earlier in the evening.

Shortly before the attack, Qu double-parked his BMW outside the home where Wu rented a room. She came outside, sources said, and the two were believed to be sitting in the car talking when the killer either walked or drove up to the car about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Police are examining robbery as a possible motive in the case, but emphasized that it is very early in the investigation.

Wu was shot once in the chest. Qu was shot multiple times, including a gunshot wound to the head, police said. At some point, Qu got out of the car and attempted to get help. He collapsed on a nearby porch before being able to get help.

Both victims were pronounced dead at a local hospital.

[For the record, 3:55 p.m.: A portion of an earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to Wu as Yu. Qu got out of the car and attempted to get help.]


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Photo: LAPD detectives investigate the scene of a fatal shooting of two USC students. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times