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A view of the backyard of the house where a shooter allegedly shot two people, killing one, and then killed himself last night in College Park, Md.
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A view of the backyard of the house where a shooter allegedly shot two people, killing one, and then killed himself last night in College Park, Md.

A quiet neighborhood next to the University of Maryland campus is in shock after a deadly shooting Monday night. Two University of Maryland students are dead and another recovering from gunshot wounds. Prince George's County police are investigating the incident as a murder-suicide.

The shooting took place just after 1 a.m. on the 8700 block of 36th Avenue  — within walking distance of campus. Investigators say the gunman, 23-year-old Dayvon Green, set a fire in the basement of his shared 36th Ave. home in College Park. When his roomates confronted him in the front yard, he shot them, one fatally. The other victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and is expected to survive.

The deceased victim is identified as 22-year-old Stephen Rane of Silver Spring.

Police say the shooter then allegedly went to the backyard and shot himself. 

"Detectives discovered a 9mm handgun next to the gunman's body," says Prince George's County Police spokesperson Julie Parker. "They also discovered a bag of weapons to include a baseball bat, a machete, a fully-loaded semi-automatic handgun, and ammunition."

Police say Green was a graduate student in engineering, and detectives have learned from the shooter's family that he had been suffering from a mental illness.

The crime shook people in the neighborhood, some of home were on the scene shortly after it happened.

"One was laying right there on the street with his shirt cut open, and they rushed him out of here," says neighbor Frank Keeler. "They were pumping him and pumping him."

Nearby, a neighbor's SUV has a shot-out window.

Maryse Degazon, whose son is also a student at the University of Maryland and lives next door, rushed home to make sure he was alright. He was fine.

"It's very scary, very unsafe," Degazon said. "I'm a little concerned with the gun, the guns are not supposed to be on the street at all."

A memorial service for the deceased student is schedule on the University of Maryland College Park campus at 7 p.m.

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