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Two U-Md. students dead, third injured in murder-suicide shooting


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Photo by Jim Davis. Prince George's County police and fire departments respond to a murder-suicide Tuesday morning in College Park. Two University of Maryland students died, and a third student was rushed to a local hospital with gunshot wounds.

Photo by Jim Davis. Prince George's County police and fire departments respond to a murder-suicide Tuesday morning in College Park. Two University of Maryland students died, and a third student was rushed to a local hospital with gunshot wounds.

Published on: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

By Jim Davis

Two University of Maryland students are dead and a third student has been hospitalized with gunshot wounds to his arm and leg after a murder-suicide Tuesday morning in College Park.

Prince George’s County police officers were called to the 8700 block of 37th Avenue in College Park, just off of Metzerott Road near the University of Maryland campus, for a reported shooting around 1 a.m. Tuesday. Police located three males — all of whom had been shot — and a house full of smoke. Police then requested Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department to respond to the scene, according to Julie Parker, Prince George’s County Police Department spokeswoman.

Police officials said the shooter started a small fire in the basement of the house. When the two students who live in the house went to investigate what was happening, the shooter pulled out a gun. The two students ran out of the house, but the shooter followed them outside and shot both of them.

The gunman then turned the gun on himself and shot himself to death in the backyard, Parker said.

One student was transported to a local trauma center, where he was pronounced dead from multiple gunshot wounds. The second victim was also transported to a trauma center with non-life-threatening injuries, Parker said. All three males are students at the University of Maryland.

The fire was small in nature and was quickly extinguished by the Fire Department.

Homicide detectives are trying to determine a motive

The University of Maryland sent out a safety alert to students.

UPDATE [3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13]: The gunman has been identified as 23-year-old Dayvon Green, an engineering graduate student at the University of Maryland. Green previously attended Morgan State University and was a NASA student ambassador. Green had been suffering from a mental illness for at least a year and was prescribed medication to treat it, police said.

Green shot and killed his roommate Stephen Alex Rane, 22, of Silver Spring, and wounded another 22-year-old undergraduate student, Prince George’s County Police Department spokesperson Julie Parker said at a press conference in front of the house where the murder-suicide was committed. Police have not released the third student’s name.

According to Parker, Green started several small fires both outside and inside the house. One of Green’s roommates woke up to the flames and alerted the other roommate. The three roommates met outside and agreed to douse the flames. As they were walking back to the house to get water, Green reached into his waistband and pulled out a gun, the surviving victim told police.

Rane was shot and collapsed outside the home. The surviving roommate tried to flee, but was hit. He called a neighbor for help.

Green, who was armed with a 9 mm handgun, walked back to the house and shot himself.

Prince George’s County homicide detectives — working in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — have learned new details about the second weapon found near the gunman responsible for Tuesday’s murder-suicide.

This weapon was not used, but it was found near the gunman in a bag also containing a machete, a baseball bat and ammunition. The fully-loaded, semi-automatic weapon was a .22 caliber rifle manufactured by Israel Weapons Industries. The model is an UZI B. Green bought this weapon legally on Jan. 18, 2013, from a gun dealer in Silver Spring.

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