At least four individuals sustained non-life-threatening injuries in a shooting incident at Morgan State University in Baltimore on Tuesday. The authorities initially responded to reports of an active shooter situation on campus. As a precautionary measure, the police placed the campus on lockdown, advising people to seek shelter and avoid the area. The shooting occurred in close proximity to a residential building situated on the same block as a city police station. After approximately three hours, the police declared the situation no longer an active shooter event and announced that further details would be provided during a media briefing. According to Baltimore police spokesperson Vernon Davis, at least four people were shot, with their injuries reported as non-life-threatening by police spokesperson Amanda Krotki. City council member Ryan Dorsey stated that it is believed there were three shooters involved. No arrests have been made thus far.
During the incident, officers blocked off the south entrance to the campus near the dorm buildings, while a police helicopter circled overhead. The shooting took place amidst a week of activities leading up to the university’s homecoming game on Saturday. The coronation ceremony for Mister and Miss Morgan State, scheduled for Tuesday night at the Murphy Fine Arts Center, was one of the areas the school advised people to avoid. Glenmore Blackwood, whose son is a senior at the university, arrived at the campus after being informed of the shooting. Blackwood’s son, who had participated in the coronation ceremony, was safely sheltering in place in the arts center’s auditorium. Ish Sargent, a nearby resident, mentioned that she and her friends came outside upon hearing the helicopter but did not hear any gunshots. Sargent expressed surprise at the incident, stating that she does not usually worry about gun violence in the area.
Morgan State University, founded in 1867 as the Centenary Biblical Institute, is located in northeast Baltimore. The university, with an enrollment of approximately 9,000 students, moved to its current site in 1917 and was acquired by the state of Maryland in 1939 to provide increased opportunities for Black citizens.