Police are still trying to piece together the events of what they believe was a domestic violence incident turned fatal last night in Maryland which left two young men dead and one Salisbury student fighting for her life.
Former Salisbury University student Charles Abbott of Hebron was shot and killed last night around 6 p.m. at a home on Onley Road after allegedly intervening in a dispute between shooter Ryan Shallue and his girlfriend, Kristen Loetz. Shallue shot Loetz, who is in critical condition, and then turned the gun on himself.
The community was shocked when news spread of the shooting, and residents were fearful for their own safety, but the university released a bulletin in the evening saying there was no threat to the public.
“The investigation thus far reveals that no continuing threat exists to the campus community,” the alert read. “Authorities still ask that the Onley Road area be avoided as the investigation continues.”
University president Janet Dudley-Eshbach released a statement about the tragedy, saying, “Our prayers and condolences go out to the families and friends of those impacted by [Tuesday] evening’s tragic off-campus shooting. Sadly, relationship violence is a national issue and our campus is not immune to it.”
The university has counseling resources for those who need to talk to someone about their grief.