The survivor of a murderous attack at an off-campus home in College Park, Md. has told family members that he knew Dayvon Maurice Green had firearms, but did not know that Green was being treated for mental health problems.
Neal Oa, 22, an economics major at the University of Maryland, is up and walking around his family's home in Urbana, according to the student's stepfather, Chris Merz.
Early Tuesday morning, Oa told his family that a third roommate awakened him to report a fire had been set in the backyard. (Prince George's County Police say fires were set using charcoal briquettes both inside and outside the students' house on 36th Avenue.) Oa and roommate Stephen Rane went to investigate. At some point, they encountered their roommate Green. The three young men walked toward the front lawn to get water for a fire in the backyard.
Neal Oa's stepfather, Merz, picks up the story: "For whatever reason, Neal just felt like he needed to look back and check. And he saw the gun coming out of [Green's] pocket. And he turned to run, and that's when he got shot."
Merz says his stepson Neal was shot in the upper thigh. Oa fell to the ground, but immediately heard more gunfire.
"He got up and ran as fast as he could," explained Merz. "[He] ran to a neighbor's house and, thank God, she let him in the door, and provided sanctuary for him."
Roommate Stephen Rane was shot to death on the front lawn. The shooter then went to the backyard and committed suicide.
According to the stepfather of the survivor, the roommates were not aware that Dayvon Green had been treated for some kind of mental condition, although they did describe him as "different."
"I guess they were a little bit leery of him (for whatever reasons)," said Merz. "But [Green] having a couple of guns in the house ... gave them some pause for concern, But he's allowed to have them."
Police say the guns owned by the shooter were legally purchased.
Maryland legislators are currently pondering more restrictions on the sale of firearms. The stepfather of the surviving roommate opposes those restrictions. Merz points out Green had a knapsack that also contained a machete.
Oa plans to complete his semester at Maryland, but will no longer live in the house where the shootings occurred, says his stepfather.