Investigators Following Leads in USC Student Murders

Credit: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times

A week after the tragic shooting of two USC students, investigators still have no suspect, despite a $200,000 reward for the arrest of the shooter. The murders occurred on April 11th. Ming Qu and Ying Wu, both from China, were sitting in a parked car talking when a shooter approached the vehicle and shot into the driver’s side.

The electronic engineering students were sitting in a 2003 BMW around 1 a.m. last Wednesday when a gunman came up and shot two or three times into the driver’s side. The two had been chatting, with the car double parked. Property belonging to the two students was missing, leading investigators to suspect that robbery may have been the motive for the crime. Three neighbors heard the gunshots and called 911. Shortly after the shooting, a witness saw a person in dark clothing running from the scene, according to Deputy Chief Pat Gannon.

Gannon said a dark-colored car, possibly an American model, pulled away right after the shots were fired. After reviewing surveillance footage from the video cameras in the area, the LAPD has identified 75 vehicles that fit the description of the dark car. Gannon said detectives are chasing down the ownership of each of the vehicles.

The students had been studying before the attack. Qu drove Wu to the house where she was renting a room. He parked in front of the home, while Wu went briefly inside to change her clothes. She went back outside and the two continued talking in the car. After the shooting, Qu attempted to run for hel, but collapsed on a nearby porch with a gunshot wound to the head, Gannon said. Wu was found slumped over inside the vehicle. LA Times, 16 Apr 2012.

The victims are being remembered in a memorial service at 6 pm this evening at USC’s Shrine Auditorium. Our hearts go out to the victims’ loved ones here in the States and in China.