Two UMD Students Dead, One Injured in College Park Shooting

Graduate student Dayvon Maurice Green took his life after firing on his roommates, killing one.

Editor's note: Early Tuesday morning, two University of Maryland students were left dead and another injured in a shooting on 36th Ave. in College Park.

Police say that the gunman, identified as 23-year-old graduate student Dayvon Maurice Green, set several fires around his house before shooting two of his roommates when they came outside. One—Stephen Alex Rane, 22, of Silver Spring—was later pronounced dead, while another suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Green then turned the gun on himself, according to police.

News of the incident sent shockwaves around College Park and the UMD community. Find continuous coverage of this story below, or follow the latest from College Park Patch on Twitter and Facebook.

Update, 8:21 p.m.: UMD President Wallace Loh said late Tuesday that the university had been unaware of alleged shooter Dayvon Maurice Green's mental illness and that Green had not been treated at the school.

Update, 6:22 p.m.: Authorities say that one of the two firearms found near Green—a .22 caliber rifle—was purchased legally on Jan. 18 from a gun store in Silver Spring.

The weapon was discovered in a bag along with a bat and a machete, according to police, but it was not actually fired on Tuesday.

Police said the weapon Green used in the shooting was 9mm handgun purchased legally in Baltimore County.

Prince George's County homicide detectives have been working with officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to determine the specifics of the guns.

Update, 4:32 p.m.: We run down what's known so far about Dayvon Maurice Green, the apparent shooter in Tuesday's murder-suicide.

Update, 2:29 p.m.: Prince George's County police have identified the suspect in Tuesday's murder-suicide as Dayvon Maurice Green, 23, of the 8700 block of 36th Avenue in College Park.

Green was an engineering graduate student at the University of Maryland who police said had been diagnosed with a mental illness. His family told investigators he had been prescribed medication to treat his disorder.

The victim who died was identified as Stephen Alex Rane, 22, of Silver Spring. Rane was an undergraduate at UMD.

A second victim, also a 22-year-old undergraduate, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and is reportedly undergoing surgery this afternoon.

Two other people live in the house but were not home at the time of the shooting, according to police.

The PGPD released the following description of the incident Tuesday afternoon:

The Prince George's County Police Department is investigating a murder-suicide in College Park.

On February 12, 2013, shortly before 1:00 am, police officers were called to the 8700 block of 36th Avenue for the report of a shooting. Once on scene, police officers discovered three people had been shot.

The investigation reveals the suspect set multiple small fires in and around the backyard of his home. One of his roommates woke up to the flames. He alerted a second roommate. They find the suspect in the back of the home and the three agree to put out the flames. While walking back inside to get water, one of the roommates notices the suspect reaching into his waistband and pulling out a gun. That roommate begins to run. He hears gunshots, realizes he's been hit and runs to a neighbor for help. The other roommate collapses outside of the home after being shot multiple times. The suspect then walks into the backyard and turns the gun on himself.

Police officers recovered a handgun next to the suspect's body as well as a bag of weapons to include a baseball bat, a machete and a fully-loaded semi-automatic weapon and ammunition.

The shooter is identified as 23 year-old Dayvon Maurice Green of 36th Avenue in College Park. Green was a graduate student at the University of Maryland. 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 at the university. The surviving victim is also a 22 year-old undergraduate. He has non-life threatening injuries.

Homicide detectives are working closely with the ATF to determine when and how the guns were purchased.

UMD President Wallace Loh, who spoke to reporters outside of the home where the shooting occurred, called it a "great tragedy for the University of Maryland."

He noted that the university had increased its complement of mental health professionals in recent years but declined to speculate about the specifics of Green's case.

Update, 1:14 p.m.: "Our peaceful community is shaken when such a violent act is committed so close to home," reads a statement from the University of Maryland Student Government Association.

The SGA says a memorial gathering to 'begin the healing process' has been scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel.

Update, 12:35 p.m.: Prince George's County police say they will release more information on Tuesday's murder-suicide at a 2 p.m. press conference near the scene of the shooting.

Patch will have a full roundup shortly after the conference ends.

Update, 11:16 a.m.: Authorities say two University of Maryland students are dead and another injured after a murder-suicide Tuesday morning in College Park.

According to Prince George’s County Police Department spokesperson Julie Parker, officers responded to the 8700 block of 36th Ave. just before 1 a.m. When they arrived, they found three men suffering from gunshot wounds and a small fire showing from the side of a house.

Police believe the suspect started several small fires in the basement and backyard of the home, which he shared with two other men.

When his roommates came outside to discuss the fires with the suspect, he shot one of them, according to police.

The second roommate attempted to flee the scene but was also shot, officials said. The suspect then went around to the back of the home and took his own life.

One victim was pronounced dead at an area hospital, while the second victim sustained injuries that were not life-threatening. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

The identities of the victims and the suspect have not yet been released, as authorities are still notifying family members of the deceased.

Police say they recovered a weapon at the scene and are not looking for any additional suspects. An earlier report that police were searching for possible shooters in a tan Honda Odyssey turned out to be the result of a miscommunication.

In a statement, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh said he was "shocked and saddened by this morning's tragic events."

"I ask that the entire University of Maryland family come together during this time of grief," he added. "On campus, our places of worship and the Counseling Center are open for those who need support and comfort."

Original Story: Authorities say three people were shot early Tuesday morning in 8700 block of 36th Avenue in College Park.

Two of the victims were critically injured, according to an official at the scene. The condition of the third victim was not immediately available.

A tweet from the Prince George's County Police Department described the case as a "death investigation."

Emergency personnel responding to shooting also encountered a small fire on the side of a home in the block, an official said. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze.

In a campus-wide alert sent at 1:16 a.m., University of Maryland police said one or more suspects in the shooting were spotted in a tan Honda Odyssey.

A PGPD spokeswoman said she did not have any information on the incident yet but was en route to the scene.

Terry February 12, 2013 at 03:59 PM
So sad that a great university is in such a bad area. I worried constantly about my son while he lived off-campus while attending UMD. Even though he graduated this past Dec I still get the texts from UMD Security about the crime going on on and off-campus in the general area. Unfortunately this incident was 1 of them.
cptesto February 12, 2013 at 04:55 PM
This tragedy had nothing to do with the area. This was a crime committed by a university student against two other university students who he lived with.
Donald James February 12, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Exactly, this was between UMD students, which means it could have happened if the campus was in the middle of Bethesda.
CP Resident for a Long Time February 12, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Agree with cptesto and Donald... don't blame the area, blame the individual. I've lived here for 15 1/2 years - I live so close to that house that I can see it from my front door. I heard the gunshots, yet in all the time I've lived here, I've NEVER felt unsafe. Not even last night. The UM text alerts are meant to be helpful, but I sometimes feel that they make people panic and cause unnecessary fear. CP is a city, and crime will happen, but you can't live in a state of fear and panic.
jag February 12, 2013 at 06:26 PM
CP Resident 82 February 12, 2013 at 06:47 PM
As you'll find, universities are almost hyper vigilant when it comes to disseminating information about crime reports. This is in response to many campus incidents involving violent crimes in the last few years. The thing that you should really notice is the fact that a lot of these crimes are being reported and resources are being allocated to help make the great College Park area a safer place. If you got a text message every time Montgomery County police received a report about something being stolen, someone being assaulted, drug or weapons possessions, DUIs, and the like, you'd think it was a dangerous place too. I've lived in some of the best neighborhoods and some of the worst neighborhoods in the DC metro, LA and Bay areas, and College Park is a lot safer than some of the safest neighborhoods elsewhere.
Ann Barrett February 12, 2013 at 09:15 PM
I have live in CP for over 50 years and I feel safe. Mental Illness can happen anywhere! College Park is a Great place to live!
JiminyCricket February 12, 2013 at 09:43 PM
This had nothing to do with "such a bad area" as you refer to it. It was not a random event. It could have happened anywhere. Anyone who starts fires and then shoots his roommates obviously has some mental health issues going on. Your statement "unfortunately this incident was 1 of them" is ignorant.
Craig February 13, 2013 at 12:46 AM
This has nothing to do with this tragic incident -- but CP isn't the safest... it is right by Langley Park which is a cesspool of MS13 gang activity, thanks to our hands-off immigration approach. It also boarders several of the more violent, gang-controlled areas of lower PG county. I can't speak to this particular area but pockets of CP are not safe and there is always crime that goes on. It is a tragedy what happened here for sure though - my thoughts go out to the victim's families. I wish this young, troubled man was receiving more help then SSRIs or psycho-active drugs.
Michael B. Cron February 13, 2013 at 05:41 AM
It is time for the municipality of College Park, Maryland to wake up and seriously consider having their own police department to help deter crime on the outskirts of the University of Maryland in College Park. The city continues to add more and more student housing which adds to the student population which in turn adds more strain to both the County and University police forces. If the municipality of University Park can have a police department that protects a town with less than one square mile to patrol, how can College Park with almost five square miles to patrol get away with no police department at all but relying on the University and County police to do it? The State of Maryland should take up legislation requiring that any municipality in Maryland that host a state or even private college must provide their own police protection services to help protect these schools. If state funding would be needed in order to defer some of the costs, so be it. I would be happy to contribute to this in the form of state income taxes that would be earmarked for that purpose. This legislation would be much more important and productive than let's say, deciding if the soft shell crab sandwich should become the "official state sandwich".
s February 13, 2013 at 03:01 PM
It's a public forum, use your full name. Using part of a name or a fake name is like wearing a bag over your head.
s February 13, 2013 at 03:01 PM
It's a public forum, use your full name. Using part of a name or a fake name is like wearing a bag over your head.
s February 13, 2013 at 03:01 PM
It's a public forum, use your full name. Using part of a name or a fake name is like wearing a bag over your head.
Rick Hudson February 13, 2013 at 05:01 PM
College Park is generally a safe place to live. I am in North College Aprk near REI, what little violent crime there is usually stems from people who know each other and certainly is not random, like this one. That being said, if I ived in the part of CP where this happenend, I would certainly be looking into moving. This is within a couple of blocks of where Justin DeSha Overcash ( I think I got the name right) was murdered 2 years ago.
Tracy McGuire February 16, 2013 at 03:23 AM
Yes, you got his name right. Thank you for remembering him. His loving cousin.
G3 February 16, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Mr. Cron, how does this have anything to do with a household member shooting someone who lives in the same house?
Michael B. Cron February 17, 2013 at 03:12 PM
G3 in this particular tragedy nothing however, over the past few years the overall crime rate in and around the College Park campus has increased. The student population is exploding due to continued construction of student housing. The increasing influx of the criminal element that is just passing through just to see what they can score from our growing student population. The increase of more violent crime is also taking a toll on College Park residents. That is why College Park needs to seriously step up to the plate and create its own Police Department to protect its residents.
Katie McCarthy February 18, 2013 at 04:00 PM
@Scot Brown, people can use whatever username they like and that's why it's called a USERNAME not real name and last name. Also, using a bunch of blue blocks as your picture is like putting a paper bag over your face. So leave people alone and let them express their feelings just as I did.
mngordo February 18, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Would a "mental health" check have prevented this shooter from obtaining the weapons he purchased "legally"?
Captain Cook February 18, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Hmmm, another Nut Job BUT do NOT balme the GUN! The NUT JOB did it.
Al Day February 18, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Absolutely, right on. If it wasn't a gun it would be a bomb or knife or brick. We need to feret out the nut jobs. I remember a friend who needed mental help in the 60's and was easily able to obtain that care. Not now, though due to political correctness. Now it's considered cruel to hospitalize a mental job.
patricia February 18, 2013 at 06:38 PM
No but the so called "doctor" who prescribed him the meds should have been the one to alert authorities that this guy way mentally unstable. He set a fire to draw them out, then shot them down, stop trying to make HIM the victim.
Zahra Riaz March 15, 2013 at 11:28 PM
I think if the mental disorder would have been treated or at least the family would have taken more care of their son, maybe this wouldn't have happened, and he wouldn't have died either... I think that nobody took him seriously, which meant, he didn't have anybody who cared or loved, so that's why he did all this...
Zahra Riaz March 15, 2013 at 11:31 PM
We should not bad mouth the murderer who had probably no idea what a gun was and what he was doing with it... He didn't do it because he wanted too, he didn't know any better because he was going through a mental disorder.
RVN6768 April 12, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Tell that to the families of those murdered


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