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USC ‘working aggressively’ to solve student slayings, email says

April 11, 2012 | 12:22 pm


Police interview people at the shooting scene near USC.

This post has been corrected. See below for details.

In an email to USC students and staff Wednesday about the slaying of two graduate students near campus, university officials said they are "saddened and outraged by this callous and meaningless act" and they were "working aggressively" to solve the crime.

The students from China were fatally shot early Wednesday in their BMW in what police are saying may have been a bungled robbery attempt.

"This incident occurred outside the neighborhood areas where over the past several years we have steadily increased our security presence, adding dozens of security and license plate recognition cameras, uniformed officers, and yellow-jacketed security ambassadors," said the email from Michael L. Jackson, vice president of student affairs, and Todd Dickey, senior vice president of administration.

PHOTOS: USC shaken by shooting deaths of two students

"However, tragedies such as this morning's remind us that we all need to be continuously vigilant about safety and security," it continued. 

The statement noted that crime in the community is lower compared to other areas of Los Angeles and that USC is continuing to promote safety in the neighborhoods around campus with various task forces and neighborhood councils.

Officials said they are offering counseling for students and will provide information on remembrances for the slain students.

LAPD detectives were going door to door in and around the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue, searching for witnesses to the crime they believe was committed by a lone gunman.

[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.]


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-- Richard Winton

Photo: Police interview people at the shooting scene near USC. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times