A shooting near Salisbury University left two people dead and another student wounded last night.
The Wicomico County Sherrif’s Office believe that the incident was related to a domestic dispute between 21-year-old Ryan Shallue and his former girlfriend 20-year-old Kristen Loetz.
The Washington Post reports that Shallue shot Loetz and 19-year-old Charles Abbott before turning the gun on himself. Shallue was pronounced dead at the scene. Abbott died a short time later at a nearby hospital.
Loetz survived the attack but is currently in critical condition at Shock Trauma in Baltimore.
Investigators believe that Shallue traveled to Salisbury University on Tuesday night and got into an argument with Loetz. When Abbot attempted to intervene the 21-year-old pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and started shooting.
University president Janet Dudley-Eshbach said that Loetz was a student at Salisbury University but the two men were not.
Eshbach writes: “Last night a Salisbury University student, Kristen Loetz, was seriously wounded and two male non-students killed following an argument at a residence on Onley Road… Charles Jacob Abbott, 19, of Hebron, was shot by Ryan Shallue of Stevensville, who then shot himself, reports indicated. Although the two young men are not registered as SU students, their deaths, too, are tragic.”
The University will be holding a campus vigil for Loetz tonight. Eshbach also said that the Counseling Center would remain open for any students “seeking comfort and guidance.”