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 then fatally turned the gun on her friend and himself just off the Eastern Shore campus, police said.

Officers were called Tuesday evening to the 100 block of Onley Road in Salisbury, where police said they found shooter Ryan Justin Shallue and two victims suffering from gunshot wounds.

Police said Shallue, 21, was a former boyfriend of Kristen Renee Loetz, 20, who is a Salisbury student. Both are from Stevensville in Queen Anne's County. 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 Maryland Shock Trauma, where she remains in critical condition.

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

"Our prayers and condolences go out to the families and friends of those impacted by last evening's tragic off-campus shooting," she said in a Wednesday letter to students. "Sadly, relationship violence is a national issue and our campus is not immune to it."

Loetz is an honors nursing major who is active in student life, Dudley-Eshbach said.

"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 was scheduled for 7 p.m. in Red Square on campus.





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