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Salisbury University Murder-Suicide: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Salisbury University Murder-Suicide

Two people were killed in a murder-suicide near Salisbury University Tuesday night, with a third victim in the hospital seriously wounded. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Two People Were Killed

Two people were shot dead, including a victim and the shooting, following a murder-suicide in Salisbury, Maryland near Salisbury University around 6 p.m., reports CBS Baltimore. Both the shooter and the victim were men, neither of whom were SU students.


2. Another Person Was Seriously Wounded

Salisbury police say a third victim, who is a female SU student, was seriously wounded in the shooting and has been flown to the Shock Trauma unit of Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

“Salisbury police were the first officers on the scene and located three victims suffering from multiple gunshot wounds,” said Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis. “We have confirmed that two of the three victims are deceased; a third was flown to Baltimore Shock Trauma.”

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3. It Happened Near Off-Campus Apartments

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The shooting happened Tuesday night on the 100 block on Onley Road, where there are several off-campus apartments. Many SU students live in the area.


4. Salisbury University Officials Issued an Emergency Bulletin

Salisbury University officials issued an emergency bulletin on the school’s website following the shooting.

“Police are investigating a shooting in the area of Onley Road. Authorities ask that the area be avoided as the investigation continues,” University officials said. “There is no further information to report at this time.” Almost half an hour later, officials updated the bulletin with “The investigation thus far reveals that no continuing threat exists to the campus community. Authorities still ask that the Onley Road area be avoided as the investigation continues.”

Around 10 p.m., Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach released the following statement:

Dear Members of the Salisbury University Campus Community,

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.


5. The Victim’s Identities Have Not Been Released

Lewis said that the identities of the victims would be released after their families have been notified.

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