The Baltimore Police Department has confirmed that there is a shooting situation near Morgan State University on Tuesday, October 3rd.
Five people were shot and killed Tuesday night at Morgan State University in Baltimore and police have yet to find a suspect as the investigation into the shooting continues, officials said.
University police heard gunshots around 9:25 p.m. local time and responded to find multiple gunshot victims and broken glass on campus, Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley said at a media briefing.
Four men and one woman, aged between 18 and 22, were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, the commissioner said. Four of the victims were Morgan University students, Morgan State University Police Chief Lance Hatcher said.
A SWAT team and officers from multiple agencies responded to search for the suspect at the university — a small HBCU in Northeast Baltimore — while students and faculty were urged to evacuate and avoid the area.
“We have not located the suspect at this time,” Worley said. Police had not released any suspect details as of Wednesday morning, and it was unclear if the man was affiliated with the university.
Officials said the incident is no longer considered an active shooter situation and a shelter-in-place has been arranged.
Footage from CNN affiliate WJZ showed multiple emergency response vehicles surrounding the taped-off dormitory building. The glass of one of the top floor windows of the building is broken.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott was on the scene at the university early Wednesday morning as law enforcement and school officials dealt with the ongoing investigation, he posted on X.
ATF Baltimore said its agents were assisting police in responding to the shooting.
When police searched the university for a suspect on Tuesday night, They also asked the concerned family members of the students to continue Avoid campus area.
“Please stay away from the area around Thurgood Marshall Hall and the Murphy Fine Arts Center and dormitories,” the university said in a notice on its website. Police said they were responding to the 1700 block of Argonne Drive.
Morgan State is a historically black university and has about 9,000 students enrolled in the fall of 2022. The shooting came at the start of Homecoming week as alumni and community members prepared to welcome alumni and community members to campus for celebratory events including a pep rally, gala and parade.
It falls just days before a candlelight vigil planned to honor members of the university who have died in the past year.
Morgan State University President David Wilson announced Wednesday that classes will be canceled and that counselors will be available to students.