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Morgan State shooting alert

30 November 2012 By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Editor-in-Chief No Comments
Incident is second this semester
Matthew Hazlett/ The Towerlight

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Police have formally charged one person in the shooting that took place on Morgan State’s campus Friday.

Keith Robertson, 20, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault and handgun charges, according to the Baltimore Sun.

One person was injured in the shooting, 19-year-old Tyrell Okoro, a sophomore offensive lineman for the Morgan football team.

Robertson is not a student at Morgan, and university officials are currently working to find out why he was on campus, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Morgan officials were first alerted about the shooting Friday morning.

Police evacuated the Thurgood Marshall on-campus apartment complex in connection to the shooting, which occurred on the 1700 block of E. Cold Spring Lane, which runs directly through campus.

Okoro was transported to Johns Hopkins medical center with non-life threatening injuries shortly after the shooting.

Baltimore City police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said police were able to recover the weapon, and that they originally took in one person of interest for questioning.

“We’re pretty confident we have good witnesses  in reference to this shooting,” he said. “What’s most important is that students are safe, and the scene is secure”

Jazzmine Johnson, a senior at Morgan, said this incident was particularly unnerving  because of how soon it occurred after an earlier shooting this semester.

Mid-September, police arrested Kelly Ellerbee, 20, and charged him with attempted first-degree murder in connection with that shooting.

“I get an alert almost every day from campus police,” Johnson said. “I used to live on campus, and because of how often there’s crime I moved off campus. It’s terrible. I’m graduating in the spring and I was going to stay here for grad school, but now I’m going somewhere else where I feel safer.”

Carter said that despite these incidents, he considers Morgan a safe campus.

“We regularly inform students to take responsibility for themselves, the safety of their classmates and the safety of faculty and staff,” he said. “It’s something that working together it works and it works for us. Being an open campus, we work with students and with the campus and community and we must work in partnership to keep our well-being.”

This story is ongoing. The Towerlight will update this story as more information becomes available.


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