Police are investigating a murder scene near the University of Southern California campus this morning after two USC students were shot and killed in an apparent attempted robbery.
CBS reports that the shooting happened at 1 a.m. today on the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue near West 27th Street. The students, who have not been identified, were sitting in a BMW when they were approached by an armed man who told them to exit the car, according to police.
When the man in the car refused, he was shot point-blank in the head, police say.
New information from police suggest that the conflict may have been a bungled robbery, not a carjacking. Either way, the LAPD recommends not to put up a fight.
“We don’t know this to be the case, but if someone tries to take your car and somebody’s armed, then giving up your car is a lot better, a lot easier than giving up your life, unfortunately. But again, we don’t know if that’s the case here – this may have just been a random act of violence,” LAPD spokesman Commander Andrew Smith said.
Screenshot via NBC LA video footage
The "number of officers firing weapons" is likely to be the focus of an LAPD investigation, says the L.A. Times, after it was revealed that 11 officers fired more than 60 shots at an armed carjacking suspect who led police on a slow-speed chase on Thursday.
The fatal shooting occurred at a Koreatown gas station on Thursday when police fired at the suspect after he "pulled out his revolver and pointed it at people inside the store," said Cmdr. Andrew Smith on Friday.
Video footage of the shooting shows officers opening fire as gas station owner, Harry Hahn, who was outside when the suspect pulled up, ducks for cover, reports NBC LA.
An investigation into the use of force will be supplemented by investigations by the district attorney's officer shooting team, and the Police Commission's inspector general into the number of units that responded to the chase and issues of public safety.