Morgan State University shooting under investigation. What to know after 5 people wounded.

Morgan State University shooting under investigation. What to know after 5 people wounded.


Christopher Cann
 USA TODAYplayShow CaptionHide Caption#videoDetailsToggle{color:var( –color-dove-gray,rgba(0,0,0,.6));cursor:pointer;display:inline-block;font-family:var(–sans-serif,sans-serif);font-size:var(–type-7);font-weight:var( –font-weight-bold,900);line-height:var(–spacer-twentyfour,24px);margin-bottom:-8px}#vdt_hide{margin-bottom:10px}.vdt-flex[hidden]{display:none}.vdt-svg{fill:var( –color-dove-gray,rgba(0,0,0,.6));height:var(–spacer-twentyfour,24px);width:var(–spacer-twentyfour,24px)}Multiple people shot on Baltimore University campusAt least four people were wounded, none critically, in a shooting at Morgan State University in Baltimore. (Oct. 4)

Law enforcement on Wednesday continued investigating a shooting at Morgan State University in Baltimore that erupted during a homecoming week celebration Tuesday night, wounding five people including four students.

Authorities told students to shelter-in-place for several hours as police searched a dorm and eventually determined there was no longer a threat to students. Classes were canceled for Wednesday.

No arrests have been made and police have not released any details about a potential suspect or suspects, as of Wednesday morning. Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley at a news conference told reporters investigators didn’t know how many shooters were involved.

The incident happened at around 9:25 p.m. and victims were found “within-minutes,” Worley said. Each of the five victims, between 18-22 years old, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were expected to survive.

Gunfire rang out amid homecoming week celebrations

When officers heard gunshots and discovered dorm windows shattered, police initially thought there was an active shooter on campus and issued a shelter-in-place order. SWAT officers cleared a dorm building where investigators believed a suspect may have been hiding but none were found.

The incident occurred just after the coronation of Mister & Miss Morgan State at the Murphy Fine Arts Center, as students were heading to a campus ball. The event, which draws parents from around the country to celebrate students and their achievements, packed the campus auditorium nearly to capacity, said MSU President David Wilson at a news conference.

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“This was an unbelievably beautiful event this evening,” Wilson said. “Our students at the end of (the event) were headed over to the student center to rejoice and enjoy themselves when this unfortunate situation erupted on the campus.”

Konnor Crowder, a sophomore from Baltimore, told the Associated Press he and his friends had been waiting for the coronation ball to start when they saw people running.

“First I was wondering what they were running for,” he said, “then I was wondering where we should go.”

Gun control advocacy group comments on ‘senseless shooting’

Morgan State University is a public historically black university, or HBCU, in Baltimore, Maryland. It is the largest HBCU in the state and the campus is located in a residential area of northeast Baltimore. The university reported an enrollment of more than 9,000 students as of late 2022.

There have been at least 531 mass shootings in the United States with at least four victims since Jan. 1, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit publicly sourced database that defines a mass shooting as at least four people struck by gunfire, not including the shooter. Over a dozen shootings occurred at colleges or universities this year.

Kris Brown, the president of Brady, a gun control advocacy nonprofit, in a statement said, “The horror and trauma of a mass shooting is unfortunately not a new experience for many of America’s youth,” adding: “This is especially true for Black youth.”

“It shouldn’t be lost on anyone that this shooting took place during homecoming week for a generation that has been raised on school shooting drills and mass shootings,” Brown continued. “Our hearts go out to the victims and families of this senseless shooting.”

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Contributing: The Associated Press; Thao Nguyen, USA TODAY

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