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Thu Apr 12, 2012, 12:05 AM

Deadly shooting revives concerns about USC's neighborhood

Police suspect that a lone gunman shot two USC graduate students early Wednesday, possibly during a robbery attempt. Although crime has fallen, perceptions that the area is dangerous persist.
By Andrew Blankstein, Ashley Powers and Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times

April 11, 2012, 6:09 p.m.

It started as a typical evening for Ming Qu and Ying Wu, two graduate students from China studying electrical engineering at USC.

After a night at the library, Qu drove Wu to the house where she was renting a room less than a mile from campus. He double parked in front of the home early Wednesday morning to continue talking.

At around 1 a.m., a gunman approach Qu's BMW and opened fire, killing both students in an attack that shocked USC and rekindled long-held concerns about safety around the university.

Qu attempted to run for help after he was shot in the head and was found collapsed on a nearby porch, police said. Wu was found shot in the chest, slumped over in the passenger seat of the car parked on a tree-lined stretch of Raymond Avenue just south of Adams Boulevard.

More: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-04-12-usc-shooting-20120412,0,6840970.story

My condolences to the families of the victims, and my sincere hope that this will not cast too much of a pale on Los Angeles.

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ellisonz Apr 2012 OP
Ecumenist Apr 2012 #1
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Ecumenist Apr 2012 #3
ellisonz Apr 2012 #4
KamaAina Apr 2012 #5
pinboy3niner Apr 2012 #6
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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 02:28 AM

1. OMG, EllisonZ, I am horrified that this happened to two innocent people doing nothing

more than trying to get some education to improve their lives. BLESS THEIR SOULS and m deepest condolences to their families as I apologise for what happened to your family members. This is not indicative of Californians, and despite the Trayvon Martin debacle, of most of America. We are, generally good and decent people. Please don't believe that that's how we are.

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Response to Ecumenist (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 02:34 AM

2. I'm from SoCal.

My stepbrother getting rear-ended could have happened anywhere (?), but this is a pretty atrocious crime. I wonder how much of a fight they could have put up that could have warranted such brutality. Let's hope the LAPD gets the perpetrator/s fast because just judging from the LA Times comments the Chinese/Asian community is pretty upset.

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 02:50 AM

3. So am I. I'm a native but in the northstate now. I am horrified. I come from a VER mixed F

family,(ie, a nephew that half pinoy/black, Czech hubby, greek/black cousins, etc) and I have a REAL problem with ANYONE being brutalised and slaughtered, I don't care what colour you are. It's a shame that we're becoming more and more threatened by the SENSELESS proliferation of guns, etc. I am so sad for my home town.

Where I am now, (the Capitol), I am seeing an increase of brutality here too. WE HAVE TO CHANGE!!!! BTW, right glad Tameetcha!!

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Response to Ecumenist (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 02:59 AM

4. My family is mixed White/Jewish/Asian.

I think this could blow the top off of some pretty raw feelings. This year is the 20th anniversary of the 1992 riots, over the last decade or so there has been increasing racial tension at California colleges as affirmative action ended and Asian student numbers increased dramatically. There was the UCLA Library taser incident and then the UCLA anti-Asian youtube video, and so there is already somewhat of an atmosphere in which Asians are seen as less valuable and as not part of the mainstream.

I have big problems with all of this, but having seen these dynamics first hand I don't underestimate their potency. I agree that the problem is fundamentally failed gun control policies. In every one of these incidents, the universal factor is inappropriate access to guns. It is truly senseless that we do nothing about this.

Aloha Ecumenist.

Also, I think you'll find this article of interest:

Fatal shooting sends shudders through a reborn Inglewood
The killing of Fredrick Martin Jr., who died shielding his son from two gunmen, raises haunting questions in a city that has been recovering from a siege of gang violence, with crime at a 32-year low.
By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
April 10, 2012, 6:17 p.m.

The Inglewood where young Fredrick Martin Jr. grew up was plagued by crime, gangs and the fear that came with both.

But by the time he returned in 2006, after graduating from college in Texas, the city was slowly turning around. Crime was down. Graffiti had largely disappeared. The barred windows and gated front doors were still fixtures on the street where he lived with his wife and child and grandmother, but every day they seemed less relevant in this community under the flight path to LAX.

Until a week ago.

Martin, 28, was cleaning the garage on the evening of April 3 with his 8-year-old son and a friend when two gunmen approached on foot and began firing. Martin threw the boy to the ground and covered his body, shielding him from the bullets. He suffered two gunshot wounds and died later that night. His son escaped with a minor graze.


These two incidents coming on-top of the shooting in Pasadena are just showing how far we have to go.

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 12:32 PM

5. Welcome to L.A.


where the public university is in tony Westwood and the exclusive private one is at the edge of South Central.

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Fri Apr 13, 2012, 03:15 AM

6. UPDATE: Police, USC Officials To Announce $125K Reward For Info In Double Homicide

April 12, 2012 11:20 PM

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Police and USC officials plan to announce Friday a $125,000 reward for information leading to the person or people who gunned down two electrical-engineering graduate students from China as they sat in a BMW near the campus.


Investigators were working closely with USC campus police, according to Smith, who said one assailant was reported to have been seen leaving the site.


About 100 people attended a candlelight vigil Wednesday night near the statue of Tommy Trojan on the USC campus and signed a book of condolences that will be sent to the victims’ parents.

China’s consulate in Los Angeles is planning a meeting in the near future to remind visiting Chinese students of the need to take safety measures to protect themselves, according to Xinhuanet, the website of China’s official Xinhua News Agency.



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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 03:28 AM

7. Hope it works...

That's about 3 years tuition, room, and board at USC.

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