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5 injured in shooting at Morgan State University: Recap

A shelter-in-place order at the university was lifted after several hours. No one was in custody early Wednesday.
Police investigate the scene of a mutliple shooting near Morgan State University in Baltimore, on Oct. 3, 2023.
Police investigate the scene of a multiple shooting near Morgan State University in Baltimore on Tuesday.WBAL

What we know about the shooting

  • Baltimore police said five people were shot at the Morgan State University campus. All have non-life-threatening injuries.
  • Four of the five victims are students at Morgan State.
  • Students and faculty had been warned to shelter in place. The order was lifted early Wednesday morning.
  • The incident was no longer considered an active shooter situation, police said late Tuesday night.
  • The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting Baltimore police.
  • Morgan State University is a historically Black university in a residential area in northeast Baltimore.

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63d ago / 6:14 AM UTC

5 shot on Morgan State University campus in Baltimore

Five people were wounded in a shooting Tuesday night on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore, officials said.

No one was in custody early Wednesday morning in the shooting, Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley said.

Campus police on patrol heard gunfire around 9:25 p.m. and found multiple victims shot, Worley said.

The five victims, four men and one woman who range in age from 18 to 22, were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, he said.

Four of the five are students at the university, campus police Chief Lance Hatcher said.

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63d ago / 6:10 AM UTC

‘It’s not OK’, Baltimore mayor says and calls on Congress to act

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott urged the person or persons responsible for the shooting to turn themselves in. He also called gun violence an “epidemic” and called on Congress to act.

“We’re going to find you. We won’t stop, turn yourself in,” Scott said. "Because we are not going to tolerate that happening here or anywhere else."

He added that more can be done to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them, and that the “status quo” around guns is not enough.

“It’s not OK. It’s not OK for it to happen at Morgan, it’s not OK for it to happen on our streets, it’s not OK for it to happen anywhere in a country that prides itself in being the leader of the free world,” he said.

Police would not say if there was one shooter or more than one.

The shooting happened outside, police said, but did not release where exactly it occurred.

63d ago / 5:59 AM UTC

Shattered windows made police believe there could be active shooter, police commissioner says

Broken windows caused police officers who responded to the shooting to believe there could be an active shooter, Worley, the police commissioner, said at a news conference.

Areas were cordoned off, a command post was established, and officers went through buildings and cleared them, he said.

“The scene remains active, and we are working alongside our many federal law enforcement partners to piece together everything that happened,” Worley said.

The ATF and the FBI have said they are assisting police in the investigation.

63d ago / 5:49 AM UTC

Shooting will not define us, Morgan State University president says

The violence that happened on the campus was a “very tragic incident,” Morgan State University President David Wilson said.

“By no means will it define who we are as a university,” he said, saying that the university is one of the top universities in the United States.

“Morgan State University will not be deterred. We will continue forward,” he said.

The university has counseling available for members of the college community in the wake of a shooting, he said.

63d ago / 5:40 AM UTC

Students were leaving coronation ceremony when gunfire happened, university president said

Students were leaving a coronation ceremony on the campus of Morgan State University and headed to a student center when the gunfire happened, university President David Wilson said.

The coronation ceremony is part of the school’s homecoming week.

Wilson attended the coronation ceremony, in which "Mr. and Ms. Morgan State University" are crowned, and he called it a "beautiful event."

Classes are canceled tomorrow, Wilson said.

63d ago / 5:34 AM UTC

5 shot, all not life-threatening wounds, police say

Five people were found shot on the campus of Morgan State University, and all of the wounded have injuries that are not life-threatening, Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley said.

The shooter has not been located, he said. Campus police were on patrol when they heard gunshots and found five people shot, he said.

Four of the five are Morgan State students, campus police said.

63d ago / 4:40 AM UTC

Morgan State lifts shelter-in-place order

Students are free to leave where they have been sheltering after a shooting, Morgan State University said early this morning, more than two hours after the incident was first reported.

"The Shelter-in-Place order on campus has been lifted. All shuttle services have resumed," the university said on X. "As more details become available, we will update our campus community via official University communication channels."

63d ago / 3:49 AM UTC

No longer an active shooter situation, police say

Baltimore police said late tonight that the incident "is no longer considered an active shooter situation."

"Everyone is still asked to shelter in place," the police department said on the social media platform X. It said a media briefing would occur soon.

63d ago / 3:48 AM UTC

‘It was so scary,’ says student who saw SWAT, police on campus

Imani Jackson and her friend were at a coronation event tonight on the campus to celebrate the introduction of “Mr. and Mrs. Morgan State” to the college community, and as they left they saw a large police presence.

They didn’t hear any gunshots, but they saw around six police vehicles and a SWAT vehicle.

“It was so scary. We didn’t know what was going on. We were texting all our friends, like, ‘Are you OK?’” said Jackson, a student who is an intern at NBC affiliate WBAL of Baltimore.

“I’m terrified, especially this homecoming week,” Jackson told WBAL in an interview.

Jackson and her friend plan to gather with friends and stay inside until it’s safe and more is known.

63d ago / 3:43 AM UTC

At least 4 people injured

At least four people were shot tonight, a Baltimore police spokesperson said.

All have injuries not believed to be life-threatening, the spokesperson said.

63d ago / 3:31 AM UTC

1 person being treated at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center


One person injured in tonight’s shooting is being treated at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, the hospital confirmed.

The patient has injuries not thought to be life-threatening.

Baltimore police have said there are multiple victims, but they have not have said how many.

63d ago / 3:27 AM UTC

Shooting happened days before homecoming

The shooting happened amid a week of activities ahead of the school’s homecoming game on Saturday.

The coronation of Mister & Miss Morgan State was scheduled for tonight at the Murphy Fine Arts Center, one of the areas the school urged people to avoid after the shooting.

63d ago / 3:05 AM UTC

Family members asked to avoid campus

63d ago / 2:59 AM UTC

Multiple victims involved, Baltimore police say

63d ago / 2:44 AM UTC

Multiple people shot

Baltimore police said that multiple people have been shot at an address that appears close to Morgan State University and that they are investigating an “active shooter.”

More details were not immediately clear. Baltimore police said around 10 p.m. on the social media platform X that people should shelter in place.

63d ago / 2:44 AM UTC

University urges community to shelter in place

63d ago / 2:44 AM UTC

More about Morgan State University

Morgan State University is an HBCU in a residential area in the Northeast section of Baltimore.

The school says it is among the nation’s most diverse historically Black colleges and universities and the largest in Maryland.

The Baltimore university was founded 1867 and had about 9,100 students in fall 2022, the four-year school said on its website.