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Details Unfold In Apparent Murder-Suicide In Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md. – Just two weeks into fall session at Salisbury University, an apparent murder-suicide shocks the entire campus community. More details begin to unfold in Tuesday night's triple shooting in Salisbury, which ended with two deaths and a Salisbury University nursing student at Shock Trauma.

It happened shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night at 139 Onley Road, just a couple of blocks down the street from Salisbury University. It's an area where a lot of students live off campus - a relatively safe neighborhood where many are shaken up.

"I've been in law enforcement for 29 years and I've never seen anything like this involving an SU student. I believe this is unprecedented," Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said.

"It was pretty scary considering I lived on the road it happened on. And then when I found out that the girl who was shot was from my hometown, that made it even more surreal," Junior at Salisbury University Kellsey Stant said.

Twenty-one-year-old Ryan Shallue of Stevensville, Md. reportedly drove up to the home from Kent Island Tuesday evening. He went inside through the back door and got into an argument with 20-year-old Kristen Loetz, also of Stevensville, and a senior at Salisbury University. That's when 19-year-old Charles Abbott of Hebron, who goes by CJ, jumped in front of Loetz to intervene.

"It certainly appears from interviews with our witnesses, those who were present at the scene, that he clearly tried to protect Ms. Loetz," Sheriff Lewis said.

Shallue then pulled out a semi-automatic handgun he purchased less than two weeks ago and fired multiple rounds, killing Abbott and seriously injuring Loetz. He then reportedly shot himself in the head.

"There was a fourth occupant of the residence who had witnessed this crime unfold, who had barricaded herself in a bedroom in the home. Her name will not be released at anytime," Sheriff Lewis said.

It's clear Loetz and Shallue had been in a long term relationship since high school, but that ended four months ago.

"He had been texting her messages and quite frankly, had been stalking her most recently. She ignored this - apparently ignored this. He armed himself and came to Wicomico County from the Stevensville area," Sheriff Lewis said.

Police say Abbott and Loetz were not romantically involved, just friends. Those who knew Abbott call him a wonderful person and a fine young man.

"One of the best. Great work ethic, great skills. For a guy that's 19 years old, he has the maturity of way beyond his age," President and CEO of Courtesy Chevrolet of Salisbury Ray Nordstrom said.

WMDT also spoke with Executive Director Don Hackett of Dove Pointe where Kristen is a part-time employee in the mentoring program. Hackett describes her as "a caring and compassionate employee."

Loetz is still listed in critical condition at this time but we're told she is stable.

As for Shallue, WMDT took a look at some of the tweets he posted on twitter hours before the shooting - some which are quite disturbing. He said "Ready to do some big things, you will hear about it," and "Number one goal: give all you <expletive> regrets."

The investigation is ongoing.

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