2 dead in murder-suicide at University of Maryland

By David Ferguson
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:38 EDT
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College Park MD shooting scene
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A University of Maryland student shot his two roommates, one fatally, before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide. The New York Times reported that the three roommates were arguing in the front yard of their house near the university’s College Park campus opened fire.

According to WJLA Channel 7, the gunman started several small fires in the house and yard around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday to drive his roommates outside, then began to shoot at them. He then went inside the house and shot himself, dying at the scene.

Both of the other two men were taken to an area hospital where one was pronounced dead.

Prince George County Police Department spokesperson Julie Parker said that the department will not be releasing the names of the students involved, but said that the surviving man’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Neighbor Jithin George told WJLA that he heard several shots in rapid succession, and that the shooter was an engineering graduate student.

Another student, senior Michael Davis said, “We’re just trying to figure out what happened.”

Watch video about this story, embedded below via WJLA:

David Ferguson
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David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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