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3 men charged after accidental shooting at Md. McDonald's


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Three men have been charged after a security guard in College Park, Md. shot at a suspect and accidentally hit a woman close by early Sunday morning at a McDonald's, according to Prince George's County Police.

On Sunday at 2:50 a.m. officers were called to the McDonald's in the 8300 block of Baltimore Avenue for a shooting, say police. They found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound to her wrist. They later discovered that a security guard working at the restaurant had asked three men and a woman to leave due to their disruptive behavior but the group refused to leave. One man started fighting with the security guard and during that fight the guard fired his weapon, according to police.The bullet hit the woman.

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Crosswalk signal installed at deadly College Park intersection


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A new crosswalk signal is in place at a deadly intersection near the University of Maryland. It's part of a new safety initiative called "Walk Smart, College Park".

In the past year, three students were hit and killed while walking along Route 1 in College Park. Thursday, the Maryland State Highway Administration activated a new flashing pedestrian signal at Route 1 and Hartwick Road to prevent further accidents.

A pedestrian fence was installed between Hartwick and Knox to cut down on jaywalking and direct students to a safer crossing point.

Person sought in UMD off-campus burglary


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are searching for a person in connection with a burglary that happened in College Park Wednesday evening.

Prince George's County Police Department informed University of Maryland that the incident happened around 7:02 p.m. in the 4800 block of Berwyn House Road in College Park, Md.

A female University of Maryland student told police that she heard a noise coming from her bedroom on the first floor. She went into her room and noticed that the window had been broken into. A person was trying to get into the home through the window. The suspect then fled the scene, police said.

The University of Maryland Police Department offers free residential and building security surveys to our students, faculty, and staff within our jurisdiction. Please call 301-405-3555 for more information.

Suspect breaks into off-campus UMD student's home


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are searching for a suspect who entered a female University of Maryland student's home located on Knox Road in College Park early Sunday morning.

Prince George's County Police Department informed the University of Maryland Police Department that the burglary happened in the 4600 block of Knox Road, in Old Town, College Park around 4:15 a.m. Sunday.

The suspect peered into the victim's bedroom and then fled when questioned, authorities said.

The student was not hurt and nothing was taken from her home, police said. Officers were not able to find any suspects in the vicinity.

The University of Maryland Police Department offers free residential and building security surveys to our students, faculty, and staff within our jurisdiction. Please call 301-405-3555 for more information.

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PG officer's conviction tossed in UMD beating case


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - A Prince George's County police officer convicted of beating a University of Maryland student during a 2010 celebration has had his conviction overturned.

James Harrison was found guilty of second-degree assault in the 2010 beating of a student during a celebration that followed the Maryland basketball team's win over Duke. Harrison was given a one-year suspended sentence in 2012 and served 30 days of home confinement. But earlier this month, after a reconsideration hearing, a judge overturned the conviction, giving Harrison probation before judgment.

State's attorney's office spokesman John Erzen says prosecutors were disappointed that the judge set aside the jury's verdict. He said the judge gave no reason in ruling.

A telephone message left Wednesday for Harrison's attorney was not immediately returned.

UMD student robbed in College Park, suspect wanted


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A University of Maryland student was robbed in College Park Friday night, the University of Maryland Police Department said.

The robbery happened around 9 p.m. off-campus in the 8800 block of 34th Avenue in College Park, police said. A male student was walking when the suspect went up to him, authorities said. The suspect stole the victim's belongs and then fled on foot in the direction of Metzerott Road.

No weapons were used in the robbery, police said.

Prince George's County Police Department is investigating the robbery.


Individuals with any information regarding this incident or the possible identity of suspects are encouraged to contact police (911 or 301-772-4908).

Oculus VR CEO gives $31M to University of Maryland


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The CEO and co-founder of Oculus VR is giving the University of Maryland $31 million - the largest gift in university history - to construct a computer science building.

University officials said late Thursday that alumnus Brendan Iribe's gift will help build the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation. Most of the gift will go toward the building, which will be designed for work in virtual reality, augmented reality, computer vision and robotics, and $1 million will establish the Brendan Iribe Scholarship in Computer Science.

Oculus VR, based in Irvine, California, develops wearable, immersive virtual reality technology, according to the company's website.