2 dead, another shot in murder-suicide involving University of Maryland housemates
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Photo released by police of fire set at the scene of College Park murder-suicide (PGPD/Twitter)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
Police say a University of Maryland student shot two housemates, one fatally, in an off-campus residence and then killed himself.
The Prince George's County Police Department is identifying the shooter as 23 year-old Dayvon Maurice Green of 36th Avenue in College Park. Green was an engineering graduate student at the University of Maryland. He was an intern at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and a graduate of Morgan State University.
The victim who collapsed outside was pronounced dead at a local hospital. He is identified as 22-year-old Stephen Alex Rane of Silver Spring. He was an undergraduate student at the university. The surviving victim is also a 22-year-old undergraduate. He has non-life threatening injuries.
The shooting happened around 1 a.m. Tuesday in the 8700 block of 36th Avenue in College Park. The street is north of the University of Maryland campus and most of the homes are rented out by students.
Police say Green set at least four fires inside and around the backyard of the house. When one roommate woke up and saw the flames he alerted the second roommate. The two found Green in the back of the house and the three of them agreed to put out the flames.
While they were getting water, one of the roommates saw Green taking a gun out of his waistband. He began to run, heard gunshots and realized he was hit.
The second roommate was shot multiple times and collapsed outside the house. Green then walked into the backyard and shot himself. Police found a handgun next to Green's body. They also recovered a bag of weapons that included a baseball bat, a machete and a fully-loaded semi-automatic weapon and ammunition.
Neighbors said Tuesday that they were not aware of any ongoing problems at the house.
Police say Green's family has told investigators Green had been suffering from a mental illness for about a year and was prescribed medication to treat it.
University officials say they will be holding a memorial service and vigil in the Memorial Chapel on campus Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department's Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text "PGPD plus your message" to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/police/ and submit a tip online.
Statement from University of Maryland President Wallace Loh:
"The University of Maryland community awoke this morning to heartbreak. We are all shocked and saddened by this morning's tragic events. We extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to the families and friends of the victims.
I have asked that all appropriate University resources, including our own University Police Department, assist the Prince George's Police Department in this matter.
During times of loss, community and support are essential components for understanding and healing. I ask that the entire University of Maryland family come together during this time of grief. On campus, our places of worship and the Counseling Center are open for those who need support and comfort. Ours is a university of great resolve. Together, we will emerge from our collective sadness."
University of Maryland Student Government Association (SGA) Statement on College Park Murder-Suicide Shooting
SGA President Samantha Zwerling will speak to campus community at 7:00pm in the Memorial Chapel
Today, we are shocked and saddened by this morning's horrific news. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families in this time of grief.
We encourage the Terp family to come together at 7:00pm in the Memorial Chapel for a Community Memorial Gathering so we can begin the healing process.
The Student Government Association hopes that all community members will seek the help he or she needs to cope with this tragedy. Our peaceful community is shaken when such a violent act is committed so close to home. A list of mental health resources can be found here: http://www.counseling.umd.edu/Services/emergserv.htm Specifically, please call the Help Center if you are looking to talk with a fellow student at (301) 314-HELP.
We hope to work in greater collaboration with the University and the city of College Park to make strides towards a safer community. As we learn more, we ask that the University and the city of College Park take every possible measure to prevent a similar tragedy.