A Salisbury shooting has left two people dead and one critically injured after an ex-boyfriend targeted a Salisbury University student and her friend and then turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide, the Baltimore Sun reported on Sept. 4.
The Salisbury shooting occurred about 6 p.m. Tuesday night when Ryan Justin Shallue, 21, went to the home of former girlfriend Kristen Renee Loetz, 20, on the 100 block of Onley Road off the Salisbury University Eastern Shore campus. The two got into an argument and Charles Jacob Abbott, 19, a friend of Loetz, tried to intervene.
Shallue 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 remained in critical condition on Wednesday.
Neither Shallue nor Abbott were students at Salisbury but Loetz is. She is an honors student majoring in nursing, university president Janet Dudley-Eshbach said in a statement about the Salisbury shooting.
"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."
The Salisbury shooting shocked the community, Delmarvanow.com reported. Salisbury University had just entered its second week of classes when the shooting took place. Young adults formed crowds around police tape surrounding the home on Onley Road, an area in which many college students live, it said.