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Posted at 8:13 PM ET, 01/23/2011

Gun incident near U-Md. students' house

By Matt Zapotosky

A 19-year-old was arrested after he broke into the College Park home of several University of Maryland students early Sunday morning, only to be scared away when one of the students came outside and fired a gun into the ground, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 3 a.m. in the 9300 block of St. Andrews Place, said Maj. Robert Liberati, commander of the Prince George’s County Police Department’s District I station. That’s where a 19-year-old, apparently in search of a woman who lived in the home, kicked in the door and began feuding with several residents – all University of Maryland students – inside, Liberati said.

The dispute soon spilled outside, and at some point, one of the students fired a gun more than once into the ground, Liberati said. That drove the intruder away, though he was arrested by police a short time later, Liberati said.

Police did not immediately release the intruder’s name because he has not been formally charged. No one was hurt, Liberati said.

It remains unclear whether the student who fired the gun will be charged. Liberati said investigators are still talking to all the people involved and are consulting with the Prince George's State's Attorney's Office.

"The Prince George's County Police department takes any issues relating to firearms and students really seriously, and the matter will continue to be followed up on," Liberati said. "Whenever you have a firearm and a student, that’s very serious."

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 23, 2011; 8:13 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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I think the bigger story is the intrusion. This house is off-campus, right? If the shooter was the legal owner, the "gun incident" is not really a part of the story. I think the title of this news brief should then be rewritten to something like "Intruder in College Park area home scared away by resident." Instead of focusing on the fact a student used a gun for self defense, how about focusing on the relationship between the intruder and the female resident? Why was he breaking into the house to see her? Had she alerted her roommates that a crazy man, exboyfriend maybe, was coming after her? There is no law that says college students can't own guns, but if it's illegally owned, I hope it was confiscated.

Posted by: destewar | January 24, 2011 1:42 AM | Report abuse

"Whenever you have a firearm and a student, that’s very serious."

I'm confused by that statement. Why is the combination of the two "very serious?"

Posted by: pooooop423 | January 28, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

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