A man and a woman murdered in their BMW near the USC campus this morning were graduate students from China, according to the LAPD. They are both thought to have been in their 20s.
Cops found the students suffering from multiple gunshot wounds around 1 a.m., near the intersection of Raymond Avenue and West 27th Street. According to City News Service, the woman was slumped in the passenger seat, while the man...... lay motionless on the steps of a nearby house. (So he might have been trying to get help.) It appears the car had been in motion, because it was in the middle of Raymond Avenue, riddled with bullets and one window shot out. The neighborhood surrounding the crime scene includes some student housing -- but it's definitely far enough from campus to be unprotected from the USC "bubble," as some call it.
"Wednesday morning, April 11, 2012, two individuals, a male and a female, were shot in a car in front of a residence on Raymond Avenue near 27th Street in Los Angeles. The female victim has been identified as a USC student. Los Angeles Police Department responded immediately to the scene and the victims were taken to California Hospital where they were pronounced dead. Names of the victims are withheld pending notification of next of kin. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are unclear."Witnesses told police they saw a single assailant fleeing the scene. UP NEXT: USC students react. Will this change the foreign perception of an education at L.A.'s most prestigious private university? Also, USC officials try to calm everybody down.