Two Salisbury men are dead and one woman critically injured in a shooting described by police as a plotted double murder-suicide involving a college couple in Maryland. The tradegy took place Tuesday evening.
It started when a young man reportedly opened fire and killed another man while wounding a female before turning the gun on himself.
The incident took place at a home near Salisbury University.
The male victim was later identified as former Salisbury University student Charles Abbott, 19. He was pronounced dead at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis told The Times.
The wounded female, identified as current Salisbury student Kristen Loetz, 20, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical but stable condition.
CBS Baltimore identified him as 21-year-old Ryan Shallue.
Authorities say one weapon was involved, a semi-automatic handgun. Multiple shots were fired. All victims are described as “young adults”, and that the situation arose from a domestic dispute.
“This terrible news is shocking, and I remind our students that they are not alone in their feelings,” Salisbury University president Janet Dudley-Eshbach said in the statement Tuesday. “The Counseling Center is open this evening and also will be open tomorrow for those seeking comfort and guidance. We are a caring community and I know we will support one another following this tragedy.”
The shooting shook the Salisbury community, where students had just started classes last week.
“It’s nerve-wracking now that this has happened,” junior Kristin Dabney said.