Salisbury shooting: An apparent murder / suicide in Salisbury, Md. has left two young people dead and a third in critical condition. The shooter has now been identified, reports New York’s International Business Times on Sept. 4.
Ryan Shallue, 21, was apparently involved in a domestic dispute with his former 21-year-old girlfriend, Kristen Loetz. Shallue shot Loetz, who remains in critical but stable condition, before fatally turning the gun on himself. Also killed in the shooting was Charles “CJ” Abbott, a 19-year-old former Salisbury University student, who attempted to intervene.
Loetz, an honors student who was pursuing a nursing major at Salisbury University, was with Abbott at 139 Onley Road in Salisbury. Preliminary investigations show Shallue on Tuesday traveled from Queen Anne’s County to Salisbury, over an hour away.
Shallue used a semi-automatic handgun which he legally purchased on Aug. 20. At a news conference, police said Loetz and Abbott were only friends and are unsure what the argument was about or how it escalated.
Salisbury University posted a statement on their website, expressing condolences and giving times for a vigil.
“Our prayers and condolences go out to the families and friends of those impacted by last evening’s tragic off-campus shooting. Sadly, relationship violence is a national issue and our campus is not immune to it... A campus vigil is being planned for tonight [Wednesday night] at 7 p.m. in Red Square.”
The University gave some background on Kristen, saying she “has been actively involved in campus life,” and indicated that the death of the other two men, “although not registered as SU students,” was also “tragic.”
“Let us hope for Kristen’s full recovery and healing for all the family members and friends of these three individuals. Relationship violence and societal violence in general are far too prevalent and are antithetical to the values and purpose of Salisbury University,” the statement concludes.