Five individuals sustained injuries in a shooting incident on Tuesday night that occurred on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore, according to authorities.
As of early Wednesday, no suspects were in custody, stated Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley. Campus police, while on patrol, reported hearing gunshots at approximately 9:25 p.m. Upon investigating, they discovered multiple victims with gunshot wounds, as explained by Worley.
The five wounded individuals, consisting of four men and one woman aged between 18 and 22, were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, confirmed Worley.
Four of the five victims are identified as students at the university, noted Campus Police Chief Lance Hatcher.
Due to the ongoing investigation, officials refrained from disclosing details about the number of potential shooters or the precise location of the gunfire, only specifying that the incident took place outdoors.
Baltimore City Council member Ryan Dorsey, through a post on social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter), indicated that he had been informed by police of the possibility of at least three shooters firing into the crowd. However, authorities have not confirmed this number.
During an early morning news conference, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott expressed determination to locate those responsible, saying, “For those who decided to come onto this jewel of a campus, and inflict this pain and trauma on their community — we’re going to find you. We won’t stop.”
Multiple shattered windows led officers to suspect an active shooter, prompting a swift response from law enforcement, added Worley.
A shelter-in-place order was issued for the campus, and people were advised to avoid the vicinity of Thurgood Marshall Hall and the Murphy Fine Arts Center.
University President David Wilson noted that students were leaving a coronation ceremony and heading to a student center when the shooting occurred. The coronation ceremony is part of the university’s homecoming week.
Despite the tragic incident, Wilson emphasized that it would not define the university, asserting, “Morgan State University will not be deterred. We will continue forward.” He also announced the cancellation of classes for the day.
Morgan State University, known for its diverse student body, is one of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities and the largest in Maryland. It reported approximately 9,100 students in the last fall semester.
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Both the FBI and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) stated that they are providing assistance to the Baltimore police in their investigation.