Five persons were shot Tuesday night on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore City, four of them were students. The search for a suspect or suspects continues, and classes at the school will be postponed on Wednesday.
Officers arrived at the 1700 block of Argonne Drive – the vicinity of the Marshall Apartment Complex dorms – when Morgan State University Police on patrol heard gunfire at about 9:25 p.m.
Four males and a woman between the ages of 18 and 22 were shot, and all were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley.
According to Morgan State University Police Chief Lance Hatcher, four of the victims were students there. Investigators believe the gunfire occurred outside, but the incident appears to have destroyed a seventh-floor window of the dorm building. There has been no news on a motive for the shooting.
Here’s a look at the scene this morning.
At least one window on the 7th floor appears to be shattered- this is Thurgood Marshall Hall.
This remains an active investigation. Police are still on scene, crime scene tape is up around the perimeter.
— Amy Kawata TV (@AmyKawata) October 4, 2023
Following reports of a shooting, cops advised everyone to take cover and avoid the area. WJZ obtained video of cops searching dorm rooms.
Worley stated that bullets damaged many windows on campus during the shooting. According to him, this prompted authorities to believe there was an active shooter, so they responded by cordoning off the area.
Around 75 minutes after cops responded to a report of gunfire at the institution, that the event was no longer deemed an active shooting.
Homecoming week activities scheduled for this week will be reevaluated as part of an emergency meeting with school administrators scheduled for Wednesday morning, according to university president Dr. David Wilson.
This is the third year in a row that a shooting has occurred during the university’s homecoming week. A 20-year-old guy was shot at Morgan State University during an unofficial homecoming party in 2022. That individual was not a university student.
An 18-year-old Morgan State University student was shot on campus after the university’s homecoming festivities in 2021.
When she learned about the shooting, Baltimore City Councilwoman Odette Ramos told WJZ she was concerned for the campus and the students.
Maryland Governor Wes Moore told WJZ, “My office is aware of the shooting incident on the Morgan State University campus.” My staff and I are in constant contact with officials on the ground and are keeping a close eye on the situation. We appreciate the bravery of the first responders who went to the area and are actively trying to assure safety.”
During the news conference, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott made a strong call for national gun reform, saying guns should not be “in the hands of people who should not have them” and comparing the situation to efforts to require seatbelts in vehicles and warn the public about the health risks posed by cigarettes.
Following reports of gunfire, Baltimore Police and Morgan State University administrators advised students’ families to avoid the campus area. They could instead meet at the Safeway parking lot at 4401 Harford Road.
BPD and MSU officials are asking concerned family members to avoid the campus area. They may report to the Safeway parking lot at 4401 Harford Road. A BPD Officer will be available at that location. pic.twitter.com/qu1PiREYBP
— Morgan State University (@MorganStateU) October 4, 2023
After hearing about the shooting, family and friends informed WJZ that they were frightened about their loved ones.
According to Jose Verdejo, his daughter is a freshman at Morgan. When a family friend alerted him about the shooting, he drove two hours from New Jersey to the school.
Verdejo stated that he does not see how the school can make him feel safe leaving his daughter there. Especially after two straight homecoming week shootings, he believes those in charge of her safety were “sleeping.” Antonio, a male, informed WJZ’s Cristina Mendez that his brother was imprisoned in one of the restrooms.
Tony Jones, a staff writer for The Athletic, stated on social media that his daughter was at Morgan State University at the time of the incident, which occurred in her dorm. The shooting, according to police, took place outside.
ATF Special Agents and K9 remain on scene at Morgan State University to assist our @BaltimorePolice partners with searching the crime scene for shell casings and additional evidence.
— ATF Baltimore (@ATFBaltimore) October 4, 2023
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are assisting the Baltimore Police Department in the investigation.
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