Four Individuals Injured in Shooting at Morgan State University, Confirm Authorities

by Michael Nguyen
Morgan State University Shooting

A minimum of four individuals sustained injuries in a gunfire incident that unfolded at Morgan State University in Baltimore this past Tuesday, state officials. While none of the injuries are deemed critical, authorities have advised students to seek refuge within the confines of the campus, which is a historically Black educational institution.

Initially, the Baltimore Police Department categorized the incident as an “active shooter situation.” They maintained a lockdown on the campus for an extended period but divulged scant details regarding their ongoing inquiry. The location of the shooting seems to correspond to a residential complex situated on the same block as a municipal police station.

Authorities relayed safety instructions via X, a social media platform formerly known as Twitter. Roughly three hours following the initial announcement, the police clarified that the situation was no longer categorized as an active shooting and indicated that additional information would be disseminated during an upcoming media briefing.

Spokesperson for the police, Amanda Krotki, confirmed multiple individuals had sustained injuries that were not life-threatening. Another police spokesperson, Vernon Davis, informed the Baltimore Banner that at least four people had been shot.

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City Council member Ryan Dorsey revealed on X that preliminary information suggests the involvement of three shooters who fired into the crowd. As of the report, no individuals have been taken into custody.

On Tuesday evening, law enforcement officials secured the southern entrance of the campus near the dormitories while a police helicopter surveyed the area from above.

The incident occurred during a week slated for various events leading up to the university’s homecoming game on Saturday. One such event, the coronation of Mister & Miss Morgan State, was scheduled for Tuesday night at the Murphy Fine Arts Center—a location the school warned people to steer clear of.

Glenmore Blackwood rushed to the campus after his son, a senior student, informed him that the shooting took place as the coronation ceremony was drawing to a close. His son had participated in the event and had plans to conduct a prayer service afterward.

Blackwood expressed his distress over the incident. “It’s unfortunate. The event was designed to cultivate a positive atmosphere, and yet this tragedy transpired,” he said.

Ish Sargent, a 20-year-old resident of the area, mentioned that she and her friends ventured outdoors upon hearing the helicopter, although they did not hear the gunshots. “It’s unsettling to think that such violence could occur at a school,” she noted.

Founded in 1867 as the Centenary Biblical Institute with an original mandate to train men for ministry, Morgan State University currently enrolls approximately 9,000 students. It relocated to its present location in northeast Baltimore in 1917 and was acquired by the state of Maryland in 1939, as part of an initiative to expand educational opportunities for Black citizens.

City Council member Odette Ramos, whose jurisdiction partially includes the Morgan State campus, described the incident as a severe blow both to the institution and the city at large. “This is an extraordinarily distressing situation for all parties involved,” she said.

Reporting was contributed by Lavoie from Richmond, Virginia.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Morgan State University Shooting

What happened at Morgan State University in Baltimore?

Four individuals were injured in a shooting that took place at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Authorities initially classified it as an active shooter situation, but the alert was lifted after several hours.

Were any of the injuries life-threatening?

No, all injuries sustained by the victims are non-critical, according to police spokespersons Amanda Krotki and Vernon Davis.

How did the authorities respond to the situation?

The Baltimore Police Department initially declared an “active shooter situation” and imposed a lockdown on the campus. They advised students and staff to shelter in place and avoid the area where the shooting occurred.

What was the location of the shooting?

The shooting took place near a residential building on the campus, which is located on the same block as a city police station.

Were any arrests made?

As of the latest information, no arrests have been announced. City Council member Ryan Dorsey mentioned that it is believed that there were three shooters involved.

How did this impact scheduled university events?

The incident occurred during a week of activities leading up to the university’s homecoming game. Specifically, the coronation of Mister & Miss Morgan State was scheduled for the same night and had to be disrupted due to the incident.

How has the community reacted?

Members of the community have expressed distress and concern. Glenmore Blackwood, the father of a senior student at the university, found the situation particularly tragic as it disrupted an event intended to promote positivity.

What is the history of Morgan State University?

Morgan State University was founded in 1867 as the Centenary Biblical Institute with an initial mission of training men for ministry. It has since evolved and currently enrolls approximately 9,000 students. The university was acquired by the state of Maryland in 1939.

What is the current status of the investigation?

The police lifted the active shooter alert after a few hours but have provided limited information regarding the ongoing investigation. A media briefing is expected to offer more details.

More about Morgan State University Shooting

  • Baltimore Police Department Official Statement
  • Morgan State University Campus Safety Updates
  • Baltimore Banner Article on the Shooting
  • Historical Background of Morgan State University
  • City Council Member Ryan Dorsey’s Comments
  • Public Safety Advisory from Maryland State Government
  • Federal Statistics on Campus Shootings
  • Guidelines for Active Shooter Situations by Homeland Security

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GaryTheGamer October 4, 2023 - 5:45 am

Schools, churches, malls. nowhere is safe anymore. Just terrible.

TinaQ October 4, 2023 - 6:30 am

My heart goes out to everyone affected. It’s really sad that events meant to uplift the community get disrupted by such tragedy.

SophieMoms October 4, 2023 - 6:49 am

I’ve got a son in college, can’t even imagine getting a call like Mr. Blackwood did. Just heartbreaking.

Lena_artsy October 4, 2023 - 7:56 am

I was just talking to my friend who studies there. She’s ok but she said the whole campus is in shock. It’s just unreal.

Annie_from_Baltimore October 4, 2023 - 2:46 pm

This is a local issue too. Affects the entire Baltimore community. Odette Ramos was right, it’s distressing for everyone involved.

Milton_W October 4, 2023 - 8:00 pm

where’s the security on campus? if this can happen so close to a police station, nowhere is safe.

SaraM October 4, 2023 - 8:37 pm

Just can’t believe this happened at MSU! I have friends there, super scary stuff. Hoping for a thorough investigation and some answers soon.

ConcernedCitizen October 4, 2023 - 11:05 pm

Honestly, gun violence is outta control. Biden’s calling it a superstorm and I couldn’t agree more. Something’s gotta give.

JohnDoe1987 October 5, 2023 - 2:57 am

Man, this is awful news. Seriously, a college campus should be a safe place for students. What’s the world coming to?

EconWatcher October 5, 2023 - 3:02 am

Beyond the human toll, incidents like these have far-reaching economic impacts too. Think about it. Security costs, lowered property values, not to mention the psychological trauma.


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