- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 26, 2003

A man shot a woman and then himself in a parking garage at the University of Maryland at College Park yesterday afternoon, police said.

The two were taken separately to area hospitals. The man, identified last night by police as Ki Seong Kim, 21, of Silver Spring, died several hours later at an area hospital. The woman, whose name was not released. was in grave condition last night.

Prince George's County Police spokesman Capt. Andy Ellis said the man and woman were found with gunshot wounds to the head shortly after 12:45 p.m. on the fourth floor of the garage. The garage is next to the university's Comcast Center sports arena, which opened in October.

Police could not say whether the two were university students.

Moments before the shooting, the man drove a black Volkswagen Jetta down the garage ramp and blocked in the woman, who was sitting in a white Honda Civic that was parked in the last space of an inside row, police said.

Capt. Ellis said the man got out of the car and walked up to the driver's side of the woman's car. "There may have been some sort of conversation between the two before the shooting," he said.

Police could not say whether two or three shots were fired. A gun was found near the cars.

"It does not appear to be an act of random violence," Capt. Ellis said.

As the two cars were towed from the garage, blood could be seen in the driver's side of the Honda. A stuffed rabbit dangled in the windshield and a bobblehead figure was affixed to the dashboard. A bookbag was in the passenger's seat. Both cars had Maryland license plates.

The garage, Lot 6, holds more than 1,100 cars and is a permit-only lot accessible to students, faculty and staff during the week.

University Police spokeswoman Maj. Cathy Atwell said there were surveillance cameras in the garage, but police did not know whether the shootings had been recorded.

Yesterday's shootings were the latest in a string of violent incidents around or affiliated with the university since 2000, including the fatal stabbing of a student last November and the deaths of two young men in unrelated drug- or alcohol-abuse incidents at fraternity houses. Rioting has also been a problem on- and off-campus after athletic events.

Maj. Atwell stressed that yesterday's incident appeared to be isolated.

Mike Apatoff, 19, a sophomore, was parked close to the crime scene and complained that police wouldn't tell him why he couldn't go back to his car. He said he was "shocked" when he found out about the shootings.

"I just thought somebody vandalized a car or stole a car," he said. "I never really thought about security issues in the parking garage."

University President C.D. Mote issued a written statement last night, saying that students were not in danger. "The police have assured us that the campus is safe. The weapon has been recovered and no other persons are being sought," Mr. Mote said.

Campus events, including today's Maryland Day celebration in which the public is invited to visit the campus, were to proceed as planned, the university said.

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