Shooting on Morgan State University Campus Leaves Five Young Adults Injured

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BALTIMORE — On Tuesday night, a shooting incident on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore left five young adults injured, prompting an active shooter response from law enforcement. Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley and Morgan State University Police Chief Lance Hatcher provided details on the incident.

According to authorities, the incident occurred around 9:25 p.m. when university police officers on patrol heard gunshots on campus. Four men and a woman, aged between 18 and 22, sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting. Notably, four of the victims are students at Morgan State University.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott expressed his condolences, stating, “The entire city of Baltimore’s heart aches for the Morgan community, for the victims and their families, and for our city as a whole.”

Police revealed that multiple windows were shattered during the incident, which led to the activation of active shooter response protocols. Law enforcement officers conducted building searches in an effort to locate the suspect, who remains at large. At this point, it is unclear whether there was one or multiple shooters involved.

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Fire department staged behind a campus dorm after multiple people are shot at Morgan State University on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, in Baltimore. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

University police received a call reporting the shooting at 9:27 p.m., and the first public safety alert was sent to the community at 9:30 p.m., followed by four subsequent alerts.

At approximately 11:45 p.m., the Baltimore City Police Department announced that the situation was no longer considered an “active shooter situation.” Concurrently, university officials lifted the shelter-in-place order and resumed shuttle services around 12:30 a.m. Commissioner Worley noted that SWAT officers thoroughly cleared each floor of the buildings they searched twice before the shelter-in-place order was lifted.

Law enforcement authorities continue to urge parents and community members to avoid the campus, directing parents to gather at the Safeway grocery store parking lot at 4401 Harford Road, where Baltimore Police Department officers are available for assistance.

Several students disclosed that they had attended the coronation event of Miss and Mr. Morgan State University on Tuesday night, which is a popular annual event during homecoming week. The shots were fired shortly after the event concluded.

Morgan State University President David Wilson confirmed that a security plan had been in place prior to the event and announced that classes were canceled on Wednesday. The university will also hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to reassess the remaining scheduled homecoming week activities. President Wilson stated, “This is a very tragic incident. Morgan State University will not be deterred. We will move forward, we will continue our momentum at Morgan, but it is indeed a very, very unfortunate situation to talk about our students being injured.”

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Police block off the south entrance to Morgan State University at Argonne and Hillen after police say multiple people are shot on the campus on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, in Baltimore. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Mayor Brandon Scott addressed the broader issue of gun violence, emphasizing the need for immediate action on a national level. He remarked, “We have kids at college who were shot, and this happens time and time again, not just in Baltimore, but in Washington, D.C., in New York, in Atlanta, in city after city after city after city, and it’s been happening that way for decades, and we have to deal with this issue nationally. We have to get serious about guns.”

Maryland Governor Wes Moore assured the public that his office is closely monitoring the situation and maintaining communication with campus officials. Governor Moore stated on social media, “We are grateful for the heroic efforts of the first responders who rushed to the scene and are actively working to ensure safety.”

Authorities are urging anyone with information related to the incident to contact the police at 410-396-2444 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP.

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