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Updated story: Police: U-Md. student kills housemate, shoots another, in murder-suicide

Two University of Maryland students are dead and a third is in serious condition following an early morning shooting that police are now describing as a murder-suicide.

Members of the media pass the crime scene on 36th Avenue, where two University of Maryland students died in a murder-suicide and a third was shot early Tuesdayin College Park. (Bonnie Jo Mount - THE WASHINGTON POST)

Police said investigators believe that one of the roommates lit a fire in the basement of the home, and his two roommates confronted him about it.

All three men then went outside, to the front of the house, where the student who had started the blaze allegedly shot one of the roommates, police said.

As the second roommate tried to flee, the gunman shot him as well, police said. The suspect then went to the back of the house, where he turned the gun on himself, police said.

Loh said that the campus counseling center and places of worship would be open for anyone in need of support.

Homicide detectives investigating murder/suicide on 36th Ave. #CollegePark. Media briefing momentarily.

The case remains under investigation. No additional details have been released.

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