The Baltimore Police Department announced an arrest in the recent shooting incident at Morgan State University. A 17-year-old was apprehended on attempted murder charges in Washington D.C. Additionally, an arrest warrant has been issued for Jovan Williams, 18, also on attempted murder charges. Williams is currently considered armed and dangerous.
The shooting occurred during a homecoming event at Morgan State on October 3. It resulted in five injuries, four of whom were university students. Authorities believe the incident was triggered by a group dispute.
David K. Wilson, president of Morgan State University, expressed relief over the arrest, emphasizing the university’s commitment to ensuring justice. He stated, “The Morgan Community can take solace today in knowing that an arrest has been made.”
The ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) collaborated with various federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the investigation. ATF Baltimore Special Agent in Charge, Toni M. Crosby, applauded the efforts, highlighting their persistent work since the day of the shooting.
Authorities used surveillance footage from the university campus to identify the alleged shooters. In the aftermath of the shooting, surveillance images had been released to the public, seeking assistance in locating the individuals.
The tragic event, which followed a ceremony for Mister and Miss Morgan State, saw students fleeing in panic. Although five people were wounded, investigators believe the intended target was not among the injured. The campus was temporarily placed on lockdown, and subsequent homecoming activities were canceled.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley expressed his determination to apprehend Williams. He hopes the arrest will offer some consolation to the victims and the broader community.
In response to the incident, Morgan State’s President Wilson revealed plans for enhanced campus security, including the construction of a wall around the campus and stationing security personnel at various entry and exit points. He asserted, “We look forward to the day when all the individuals involved in the shooting are made to be held accountable.” A $9,000 reward has been announced for information leading to Williams’ capture.