2 dead, 1 critically injured in Salisbury murder-suicide

SALISBURY, Md. - Officials say 21-year-old Ryan Shallue shot his ex-girlfriend and a friend before turning the gun on himself Tuesday night.

Shallue and 19-year-old Charles Abbott were found dead in what was an apparent murder-suicide on Onley Road in Salisbury.

Kristen Loetz, a 20-year-old university student from Stevensville, was flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore. She's listed in critical, but stable condition. Loetz is a Salisbury University student majoring in nursing. She's also a member of Phi Mu Sorority.

Officials say Loetz and Shallue broke up four months ago, and he had been stalking her via text messages and phone calls. After being ignored, they say he drove to the home in Salisbury, parked around back, knocked on the door and forced his way inside the home. Abbott, a friend of Loetz was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

As Shallue and Loetz argued, Abbott intervened. The sheriff's office says Shallue shot him and Loetz multiple times. Afterwards, Shallue went into a bathroom and shot himself.

All three involved -- former Kent Island High School students.

Charles Abbott
Kristen Loetz

Wednesday, members of the the university's fraternities and sororities on campus wore Greek letters in a show of support for her recovery. Members of Phi Mu Sorority declined comment to ABC2 News.

Authorities say the weapon used was a semi-automatic handgun that had recently been purchased by Shallue, who had just turned 21.

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach posted this message on the university's website in response Tuesday night:

"Many of you have heard about this evening's shooting on Onley Road, near campus.  The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office has described this as a murder-suicide.  The alleged perpetrator no longer poses a threat to the campus or the greater community, as he is one of the deceased. Neither of the two individuals who died is believed to be a Salisbury University student. I am, however, saddened to inform you that another victim is an SU student.  She has been flown to the University of Maryland Medical Center Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.  We extend our compassion and prayers to the victims' and student's families and friends. ... "

Read the message in full here.

A campus vigil is planned for tonight at 7 p.m. in Salisbury University's Red Square.

"Let us hope for Kristen's full recovery and healing for all the family members and friends of these three individuals," wrote university President Janet Dudley-Eshbach in an update provided at noon Wednesday. "Relationship violence and societal violence in general are far too prevalent and are antithetical to the values and purpose of Salisbury University."

Kristen Loetz has three roommates. Officials say only one roommate was home at the time of the shooting. That roommate, officials say, locked herself in a bedroom and called 911.

Check back with ABC2 News as we continue to develop this story.

* The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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