A University of Maryland graduate student shot and killed one of his roommates and injured another Tuesday morning at their College Park home in an apparent murder-suicide, police said.
Dayvon M. Green, 23, has been identified by Prince George's County Police as the shooter in the death of his roommate Stephen Alex Rane, 22, of Silver Spring. Green also fired shots at another roommate, leaving the 22-year-old undergraduate student injured, authorities said. Police did not release the injured victim's name, but said that he is expected to survive.
Investigators believe that Green had started a couple of small fires outside the home around 1 a.m. prompting the two roommates to go outside to investigate. The three men agreed to go inside and get water to put the flames out when Green reached for a handgun holstered on his hip and opened fire on his roommates, police said.
After killing one roommate and injuring the other, Green went around to the back of the house and fatally shot himself, the Baltimore Sun reported. In Green's possession was a fully-loaded semi-automatic weapon, ammunition, machete and a baseball bat, police said. The handgun was obtained legally and purchased by Green himself, but it is unclear whether the semi- automatic weapon was legal.
Green was a graduate of Morgan State University, a former NASA intern, and in the process of completing graduate work at the University of Maryland, the Washington Post said. Green's family confirmed that he had been suffering from an undisclosed mental illness within the past year and had been on unidentified medications for this illness in the past, the Baltimore Sun said.