2 killed, student hurt in shooting near Salisbury University

A Salisbury University student remains in critical condition after she was shot by her ex-boyfriend, who fatally shot her friend then killed himself just off the Eastern Shore campus, police said.

The shooting took place in the 100 block of Onley Road, just off the eastern edge of the campus, where responding officers found three people suffering from gunshot wounds as the result of the domestic dispute.

The shooter has been identified as Ryan Justin Shallue, 21 of Stevensville in Queen Anne's County, the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Police said Shallue was a former boyfriend of Kristen Renee Loetz, 20, who is a Salisbury student and also from Stevensville. Police said Shallue went to Loetz's home, where they got into an argument and Charles Jacob Abbott, 19, of Hebron, tried to intervene.

Shallue then pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and shot Loetz and Abbott before fatally shooting himself. Shallue was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Abbott was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, where he was later pronounced dead. Loetz was also taken to Peninsula Regional but was later flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma, where she remains critical condition.

The university alerted students at about 8 p.m. that officials believe "no continuing threat exists to the campus community."

Janet Dudley-Eshbach, president of the university, issued a statement that said the two deceased victims were not students.

"This terrible news is shocking, and I remind our students that they are not alone in their feelings," 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."

Loetz is an honors student majoring in nursing, Dudley-Eshbach said in a statement.

"Let us hope for Kristen's full recovery and healing for all the family members and friends of these three individuals," Dudley-Eshbach said.

A campus vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Red Square on campus.

Officials with the Wicomico Bureau of Investigations are continuing to work the case. The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office has scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m.





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