The 18-year-old Morgan State University student who was injured in a shooting on the Northeast Baltimore campus Saturday night is expected to make a full recovery, university President David K. Wilson said in a statement Sunday.
Officers responded to reports of gunfire in the 2300 block of Argonne Drive at approximately 6:40 p.m. Saturday and found the student suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to a hospital where he was “conscious, alert and stable” at the time, according to a previous news release.
Wilson said in the statement that the student was expected to be released from the hospital Sunday. Both university and police officials said the investigation was active and ongoing.
The shooting occurred near the Montebello Complex on south campus “as the crowds were winding down and the campus was clearing,” after the homecoming football game ended, according to Wilson. The four-wing building houses “a variety of functions to include student support services,” according to a campus building guide on the university’s website, and is separated from the main academic buildings by Argonne Drive.
Officials said there was no active threat at the time to the campus community.
North Carolina Central University beat the Bears in the homecoming football game, 28-17, earlier Saturday. A day earlier, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan visited the campus for the grand opening of the Calvin and Tina Tyler Hall Student Services Building. U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume, who chairs the university’s board of regents, also took part in the event.
“There is no place on this campus for violence. I can assure you that if you are not in alignment with these core values, we will not hesitate to send you home,” Wilson said in his statement. “Morgan is about growing the future and leading the world. The last act that occurred during Homecoming Week is simply not in alignment with who we are.”
On Sunday, the campus was operating as usual, with students practicing football and studying outdoors. University officials said the counseling center would make counselors available to students who need them.
The shooting was one of several in Baltimore during a violent weekend. As of Sunday night, nine people had been shot, four fatally, across the city since Saturday, and seven people were injured in a drive-by shooting in West Baltimore on Friday night.
Northeast District shooting detectives are asking anyone with information about the Morgan State shooting to call detectives at 410-396-2444. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.