Jeremy Hendricks, a 24-year-old resident of Compton, has been identified as the man police shot and arrested early this morning after he allegedly tried to rob a group of students and displayed a gun. The incident happened a week after the USC campus was rocked by the shooting deaths of two USC students in what police believe was an attempted armed robbery.
“We’re hopeful that there may be a connection, but it’s very early in this investigation to make any type of determination or speculate on that possibility,” said LAPD's Lt. Andy Neiman.
Police said Hendricks confronted a group of three men and a woman, and demanded property from them. The two men ran after the suspect, got the attention of nearby police, and at some point, the man showed his gun. An officer then shot him.
A memorial for two Chinese students killed near USC last week is scheduled for Wednesday night at USC's Shrine Auditorium, not far from this morning's shooting scene.
Correction: Police initially gave an incorrect spelling of Jeremy Hendricks' name.
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