A Maryland congressman says his nephew was killed in a random shooting near Old Dominion University in Virginia.

Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore in a statement Sunday talked about the death of Christopher Cummings in his off-campus apartment. He says his nephew's roommate, Jake Carey, was critically wounded in the attack Friday. Both were students at the university in Norfolk.

The congressman urged the community to cooperate with police.

He says his family remains in shock over the "senseless tragedy."

Cummings says his nephew was an "amazing young man who was loved and admired by so many people who had the honor of knowing him." He had a 3.5 grade-point average and "ambitious plans for his future."