Five people were shot Tuesday night at Morgan State University in Baltimore and police have not yet located a suspect as the investigation into the shooting continues, authorities said.
University police heard gunshots around 9:25 p.m. local time and responded to find multiple gunshot victims on campus and saw multiple broken windows, Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley said at a news conference.
According to the commissioner, the victims, four men and a woman between 18 and 22 years old, were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Four of the victims are Morgan University students, according to Morgan State University Police Chief Lance Hatcher.
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 shelter in place and avoid the area.
“We have not located the suspect at this time,” Worley said. Police did not provide any description of the suspect as of early Wednesday and it is unclear if the person is affiliated with the university.
Authorities said the incident is no longer considered an active shooter situation and they lifted the shelter-in-place order.
Footage from CNN affiliate WJZ showed multiple emergency response vehicles surrounding a cordoned-off student dormitory building. The glass in one of the windows on the upper floor of the building appears to be shattered.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott was at the university early Wednesday as law enforcement and school officials handled the ongoing investigation, he posted on X.
ATF Baltimore said its agents were helping police respond to the shooting.
As police combed the university for a suspect Tuesday night, They also asked the concerned students’ relatives to continue Avoid the campus area.
“Please stay away from the area surrounding Thurgood Marshall Hall and the Murphy Fine Arts Center and shelter in place,” 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 had about 9,000 students enrolled in fall 2022. The shooting occurred at the beginning of its homecoming week as it prepared to welcome alumni and community members to campus for graduation events. celebration that included a pep rally, a gala and a parade.
It also falls just days before a scheduled candlelight memorial service meant to honor members of the university who died during the past year.
Morgan State University President David Wilson announced that classes will be canceled Wednesday and that counselors will be available for students.