Mass shooting breaks out at university during homecoming week

BALTIMORE, MD – A shooting incident at Morgan State University in Baltimore on Tuesday night resulted in five people being injured. The incident occurred during the university’s homecoming week and led to a lockdown that lasted over two hours. As of early Wednesday, no arrests had been made and the police had not disclosed whether they suspect multiple shooters were involved.

The victims, four males and one female aged between 18 and 22, were shot around 9:25 p.m., according to the police. The university’s security officials confirmed that four of the victims are students at the institution. The injuries sustained were not life-threatening.

The university’s police were on patrol when they heard the gunfire and immediately called for backup from the Baltimore police. The officers found the victims and provided initial treatment before they were transported to nearby hospitals. The police also discovered several shattered windows, raising concerns about potential further violence.

An alert was issued around 10 p.m. by the Baltimore Police, warning of an active shooter situation near the campus and advising residents to shelter in place. By 11:45 p.m., the threat was deemed over, and the university lifted the shelter-in-place order just after 12:30 a.m., resuming shuttle services.

City Council Member Ryan Dorsey suggested that there might have been multiple shooters involved, but this could not be confirmed by the police. During the lockdown, the university advised people to avoid the area around Thurgood Marshall Hall and the Murphy Fine Arts Center and directed concerned parents to a nearby parking lot.

The shooting incident occurred amidst the university’s homecoming week celebrations, which included a coronation event to crown Mister and Miss Morgan State. The incident cast a shadow over the festivities, leading to the cancellation of Wednesday’s classes and the provision of round-the-clock counseling for students.

This is not the first time a shooting has occurred on campus during homecoming. Similar incidents were reported in October 2022 and October 2021. Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott emphasized that the issue of gun violence is a nationwide epidemic that needs to be addressed at the federal level.