5 shots fired on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore

Five people were injured in a shooting Tuesday night on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore, officials said.

Early Wednesday morning, no one was in custody at the time of the shooting, Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley said.

Campus police on patrol around 9:25 p.m. heard gunshots and found several victims shot, Worley said.

The five victims, four men and one woman between the ages of 18 and 22, were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, he said.

Four of the five were university students, said campus police chief Lance Hatcher.

Officials did not provide information on the number of potential shooters or the location of the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation, other than to say the shooting occurred outside.

“For those who chose to come to this gem of a campus and inflict this pain and trauma on their community – we will find you. We will not stop,” Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said at an early morning news conference.

Several windows were broken, leading officers to believe there may have been an active shooter, and police responded accordingly, Worley said.

A shelter-in-place order was issued for the campus and people were asked to stay away from the area around Thurgood Marshall Hall and the Murphy Fine Arts Center.

Shortly before midnight, officials said it was no longer an “active shooter” situation. The shelter-in-place order was lifted early Wednesday at the university said Campus shuttle service would resume.

Worley said the decision to reopen the campus without detention was made after SWAT cleared a building where police suspected the shooter may have been.

“They cleared every single floor twice and after that we realized the campus was most likely safe,” he said.

Students were leaving a coronation ceremony and were heading to a student center when gunfire erupted, university President David Wilson said.

The coronation ceremony is part of the school’s homecoming week.

Wilson attended the coronation ceremony where “Mr. and Ms. Morgan State University” will be crowned, and he called it a “beautiful event.”

He said the shooting was a “very tragic incident” that would not define the university.

“Morgan State University will not be deterred. We will continue,” he said.

Classes were canceled Wednesday, Wilson said.

Morgan State says on its website that it is among the most diverse historically black colleges and universities in the country and the largest in Maryland. In the last fall semester there were around 9,100 students. it said.

The FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said they were assisting Baltimore police.

Brian Ashcraft

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