Two University of Southern California students from China were shot to death in their car near West Adams around 1 a.m. on Wednesday. USC recently released the names of the victims and identified the woman as Ying Wu, and the man as Ming Qu. Both were in their early 20's.
The two graduate students, who were studying electrical engineering, were sitting in their luxury car on Raymond Avenue, near the intersection of Normandie Avenue and Adams Boulevard, when they were shot.
KPCC reports that an armed man approached the car around 1 a.m. on Wednesday, and told the students to get out. When they refused, he opened fire -- shooting Wu and Qu and shattering the windows. Police are now saying the incident may have been an attempted robbery.
KPCC reports that Qu managed to walk to the porch of a nearby house to call for help -- paramedics then took the victims to California Hospital Medical Center in Downtown where they were dead on arrival, according to authorities.
USC released a statement today on the event: "Our community is saddened and outraged by this callous and meaningless act. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims’ families and friends and all who knew them at USC. The university is reaching out to those affected, offering counseling and support."