An active shooter is on Morgan State University campus, Baltimore police confirmed. According to WBAL-TV, four students have sustained non-threatening gunshot wounds.
Authorities are urging people to avoid campus areas around “Thurgood Marshall Hall and the Murphy Fine Arts Center,” and to stay put in a protected area while police evacuate a dorm building where the suspected shooter is believed to have fled to.
According to WBAL-TV, Morgan State University couldn’t provide many details around the shooting, however, the institution is investigating.
News of the HBCU shooting began to spread across social media as users became aware of the incident.
“Active shooter on Morgan’s campus right now! 4 people shot,” Dr. Stacey Patton reported on her Facebook profile. Another Facebook user urged followers to “Check on your people!”
ABC News reported from the scene of the shooting and received a firsthand account from a witness. “The bullets hit the glass behind my head,” the unidentified witness said. “It all happened so fast and you ain’t get a chance to react.”
Baltimore police are focused on apprehending the shooting suspect who is still on campus. At press time, the number of casualties increased from four victims to five, according to CBS and citizen reporting via X, formerly known as Twitter.
This mass shooting follows a shooting that took place Sept. 24 at Tuskegee University’s West Commons housing complex, according to HBCUBUZZ. Several people were injured; one person had life-threatening injuries.
The Jacksonville shooting massacre that occurred last month at a Dollar General store that left three Black people did had a troubling preamble. The shooting suspect attempted to gain entry onto Edward Waters University—another historically Black college and university—but was chased off by a campus security guard.
BLACK ENTERPRISE will provide updates.