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College student shoots roommate, kills self in US

world Updated: May 05, 2007 09:59 IST

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A college student shot and wounded his roommate in their off-campus apartment, then killed himself as police tried to enter his bedroom, authorities said.

Police went to the apartment after getting a call from a man who said he had just been shot and had fled to a friend's home nearby, police Lt. Jay Duguay said on Friday.

The officers found the caller's roommate, 21-year-old sophomore Michael Dyke, in his bedroom at the apartment, about a few hundred meters from Keene State College, authorities said.

"Words were exchanged; they attempted to enter the room and Mr. Dyke fired one shot and killed himself," County Attorney Peter Heed said.

The incident appeared to be isolated, with no known motive, Heed and school officials said.

Alcohol might have been involved, Heed said, and an autopsy and toxicology tests were planned on Dyke's body.

The caller - junior Jason Lillibridge, 20 - was wounded in the buttocks and was hospitalized in fair condition, Duguay said.

Authorities said an unidentified third roommate was present for both shootings and has cooperated with police.

"This was clearly an incident among roommates," Heed said.

Dyke had no criminal record and no apparent mental health problems, said college President Helen Giles-Gee.

He owned guns but "never played around with them or anything," Nate Baldridge, a friend who lived in an apartment downstairs, told The Sentinel of Keene.