Morgan student is arrested in false shooting report

The Baltimore Sun

One of two Morgan State University students who had claimed they were shot early Thursday during an attempted robbery at a Harford Road gas station has been arrested and charged with making a false police report, authorities said yesterday.

David M. Briggs, 20, who had addresses in the 6900 block of Donachie Road and in New Jersey, was arrested Thursday morning, shortly after he was released from Good Samaritan Hospital. He had been treated there for a bullet wound to the right leg, said Detective Al Marcus.

Briggs, on crutches, went to the Eastern District police station to retrieve his car - in which police had found a .380-caliber handgun believed used in the shooting, Marcus said. But Briggs subsequently gave police a statement that he and fellow student Phillip Anderson, 22, to avoid a fraternity initiation rite, had arranged to be shot by a friend and report that it took place at the gas station about 12:45 a.m.

Anderson, 22, and Xavier Marshall, 24, have been charged in warrants with various offenses in connection with the incident but have not been arrested. Neither is believed to be on campus, Marcus said.

The shooting actually took place near a basketball court in the 1600 block of Arlington Ave., near the Morgan campus, Marcus said, noting that two .380 shell casings were found at the site during a search.

Briggs has also been charged with illegal possession of a handgun and ammunition, and obliterating the weapon's serial number, and was released from Central Booking and Intake Center on $50,000 bail, Marcus said.

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