Ryan Shallue, Charles Abbott killed, Renee Loetz wounded in Salisbury murder-suicide
Updated: September 4, 2013 - 05:35 pm
SALISBURY, Md. (WJLA) - Authorities say two men were killed and a female Salisbury University student was wounded in an apparent murder-suicide.
Wicomico County Sheriff's officials said late Tuesday night that one of the murdered men had been identified as Charles Abbott, a 19-year-old Hebron, Md. resident who used to go to Salisbury as a student.
The shooter, 21-year-old Ryan Justin Shallue, was pronounced dead at the scene as well. The third victim, 20-year-old Kristen Renee Loetz, is in critical but stable condition at a Salisbury hospital.
Loetz is a senior honors nursing student and a member of the Phi Mu sorority.
The shootings occurred around 6 p.m. at a home on Onley Road in a Salisbury neighborhood where many students live.
According to witnesses, Shallue barged into Loetz's off campus house at about 6:30. There was an argument. Charles Abbott, 19, of Hebron was visiting the home and tried to intervene.
Shallue pulled out a handgun he bought legally just two weeks ago and opened fire, killing Abbott and injuring Loetz. Shallue then killed himself with a shot to the head.
The Wicomico County Sheriff says the 21-year-old Shallue from Kent Island was distraught after breaking up with Loetz four months ago after several years together.
“He had been texting her message and, quite frankly, had been stalking her most recently and she ignored this and he armed himself and came to Wicomico County,” says Sheriff Mike Lewis.
A vigil will be held at 7 pm at Red Square.
Fall semester classes at Salisbury started last week.
“Everybody is wearing their letters today because they’re heartbroken and they want to support her and her family,” says student Alexis Cash.
Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach released a statement:
Dear Members of the Salisbury University Campus Community:
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.
Last night around 6 p.m. a Salisbury University student, Kristen Loetz, was seriously wounded and two male non-students killed following an argument at a residence on Onley Road, according to reports from the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office. Charles Jacob Abbott, 19, of Hebron, was shot by Ryan Shallue of Stevensville, who then shot himself, reports indicated. Although the two young men are not registered as SU students, their deaths, too, are tragic.
A campus vigil is being planned for tonight at 7 p.m. in Red Square. Kristen, an honors student majoring in nursing, has been actively involved in campus life. We hope the vigil will offer some comfort for the entire campus community. The University's Counseling Center is open on a walk-in basis for those seeking support and guidance.
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 Associated Press contributed to this story.