UPDATED: Mayhem strikes uptown Towson
Towson University homecoming festivities were interrupted Sunday, Sept. 23 when a group of Baltimore County Police officers was dispatched to the Recher Theater on York Road at 12:30 a.m. after reports of an unruly crowd, according to a BCPD release.
A party in the Rec Room reached capacity at 630 and resulted in the overspill, a spokesman with the Towson Precinct, who wished to remain unidentified, said.
An estimated 2,500 people spilled out onto the street, and for almost two hours, the York Road strip stretching to the Towson Circle and to campus was in chaos.
“More people showed up than were allowed inside which caused an overflow out into the street causing numerous fights,” the spokesman said.
BCPD confirmed that four individuals were arrested on various charges, including second-degree assault, disorderly conduct, failure to obey a lawful order, resisting arrest and second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer.
Cpl. J. Kelly, a spokesman for BCPD, said police used pepper spray on those arrested at the Rec Room.
At 1:15 a.m., a 20-year-old man, who remains unidentified, approached an officer and informed him that he had been shot multiple times. The victim is not a college student, according to BCPD. The victim said that a dark-colored vehicle pulled up beside him and fired several shots from the car and pulled away.
Kelly said he could not confirm whether the claims on Twitter of a stabbing or tear gas were true.
The Towerlight will follow up on these incidents.