5 People Wounded in University Shooting

5 People Wounded in University Shooting

(USNewsBreak.com) – Mass shootings have become all too common in the United States. The FBI defines these as incidents where at least four people, not including the shooter, have been wounded. There have already been hundreds this year alone. A recent attack at a university has now added to the toll.

On Tuesday, October 3, a shooter opened fire on campus at Morgan State University, located in Baltimore, Maryland, around 9:25 p.m., as students were leaving a coronation ceremony. The shots were heard in the vicinity of the Thurgood Marshall Hall and Murphy Fine Arts Center.

In the aftermath, five people between the ages of 18 and 22 were injured — four men and a woman. Four of the victims are students on campus. They were all hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Baltimore police are still looking for a suspect or suspects in the crime, which they believe resulted from a “dispute between two smaller groups,” Police Commissioner Richard Worley said, according to NBC News. He thinks the groups were targeting someone other than the victims and that those who were shot “were unintended targets.” Video footage of the persons of interest in the case was released on October 5.

The shooting occurred in the lead-up to homecoming, and the university decided to cancel not only classes for the rest of the week but also all homecoming events. This includes a parade, pep rally, concert, and dance. University President David Wilson said the institution would also be “aggressively increasing security measures” in the wake of the attack.

In addition to the Baltimore Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and FBI were working on the investigation. They believe there were at least two shooters, and a third person may have pulled a weapon, though it’s unclear if they opened fire, too.

This is the third year in a row that the university has experienced shootings around the time of its homecoming ceremonies.

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