Los Angeles Post
Additional Safety Measures For USC After Two Students Gunned Down It is expected that LAPD Chief Charlie Beck , Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and C.L. Max Kinias, the President of USC will announce new measures of safety for the University of Southern California today.
This comes on the heels of the recent deaths of two Chinese students. The new security measures will include nearly three dozen additional officers who will patrol the area. After two graduate students from China were killed near campus in a shooting earlier this month, both students and parents have been clamoring for additional security.
The students, Ming Qu and Ying Wu, were sitting in a vehicle outside of Wu’s home on April 11 and were gunned down at about 1:00 a.m. The motive was initially thought to be a carjacking that went downhill, but police are now considering that it may have been a robbery that became deadly. No motive for the shooting has been officially declared.
Because the attack was so close to campus, as an added security precaution, a new security post near West 27th street on Raymond Avenue has been set up by campus security where the two Chinese students were shot. This area has not usually been monitored by campus security and is about a mile from campus.
In addition, a $200,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the killer has been offered. Concerns were also heightened about a week after that incident, when a reputed gang member was shot and wounded by a USC public safety officer shortly after being seen robbing four University of Southern California students at the point of a gun near fraternity row. It is not clear if the suspect in the robbery may have been involved in the prior crime.
School officials uphold the position that the neighborhoods around the USC campus are safe and that crime in those neighborhoods has dropped in recent years.