Teen Arrested Over Morgan State University Shooting, Warrant Issued for Another

Wim De Gent
By Wim De Gent
October 14, 2023US News
Teen Arrested Over Morgan State University Shooting, Warrant Issued for Another
Baltimore Police have issued an attempted murder warrant for 18-year-old Jovan Williams (left) in connection to a shooting at Morgan State University. A 17-year-old has already been arrested over the incident that left several injured. (Photo Courtesy of Baltimore Police Department)

A 17-year-old was arrested in Washington, D.C., and charged with attempted murder following a shooting at Morgan State University that left five people wounded last week, Baltimore police have said.

The unnamed teenager has been charged with multiple counts of attempted murder, the police said in a statement Friday morning.

Another individual connected with the shooting—18-year-old Jovan Williams—remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous. An attempted murder warrant has been issued for his arrest.

The shooting occurred around 9:25 p.m. on Oct. 4, during homecoming week celebrations on the campus.

According to police, the five people injured were random bystanders.

“It looks like it was probably a dispute between two smaller groups and then one individual was a target of two individuals who had weapons,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley said at a news conference last week.

“We don’t believe that individual was hit. We believe the five victims who were struck were unintended targets,” he said.

The Baltimore Police Department thanked Washington D.C. police and federal law enforcement agencies for assisting in catching the culprit and identifying the fugitive.

“We will not rest until Williams is in custody,” Mr. Worley said.

“While this arrest cannot undo the damage and trauma caused that day, it is my hope that it can bring some peace and justice to the victims, the Morgan community and our city,” he added.

None of the injured, four men and one woman, ranging in age from 18 to 22, suffered life-threatening injuries. Four of them were Morgan State University students, and all have since been released from hospital, authorities said.

Multiple windows at the university were shattered during the shooting.

University Welcomes Arrest

David Wilson, the president of Morgan State University, issued a statement on the shooting incident and the arrest.

“The Morgan Community can take solace today in knowing that an arrest has been made and we are one step closer to bringing all of the alleged culprits responsible for the incident that occurred on our campus to justice,” Mr. Wilson said.

“We look forward to the day when all the individuals involved in the shooting are made to be held accountable for what took place.”

Baltimore police had asked the public on social media to help with identifying the culprits and released videos and photos it said were related to the shooting investigation.

After the shooting, all campus activities planned around homecoming were canceled or postponed—a first in the historically black university’s history. The events included a homecoming pep rally, a parade, and a concert. Classes and sports events were also canceled for the rest of the week.

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