Reporting Mike Hellgren
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Morgan State University students held a rally just 24 hours after a young man was shot on campus while visiting his cousin. Meanwhile, police are still searching for the gunman.
Mike Hellgren has the latest on the investigation.
The rally was very emotional. Students want to show their unity. They’re also speaking about their concerns over security.
Police searched every building on the Morgan State University campus overnight for the gunman who opened fire outside the student center Wednesday but have not found him.
Sky Eye Chopper 13 was overhead as first responders rushed the victim to the hospital.
The shooting put the school on lockdown, frightening many students.
Investigators believe it was targeted, that the victim and the shooter knew each other and were not students.
Police tell WJZ the victim was 19 and visiting his cousin, who is on the school’s football team.
“In terms of the motive, the police are still actively investigating that,” said Clint Coleman, Morgan State University spokesman. “We really do believe the assailant is off-campus, out in the community somewhere.”
“We will not stand for bystanders to come on our campus and ruin something that is giving us an opportunity to better ourselves,” said Joshua Harris, student government member.
Students rallied Thursday night on the shaken campus against the violence and prayed for peace.
The university’s president will be holding high-level meetings with city government leaders and police to discuss the response to the shooting.
Administrators believe it went well.
Text alerts went out immediately to student, but there was a glitch in the email notification system.
“There was just a logjam that caused some of the emails to be backed up,” Coleman said.
“I feel like a lot of students felt like they weren’t safe yesterday at all, so I feel like you need to make us feel a little more secure in how you go about a situation and after a situation,” said Christopher Spivey, junior.
Classes were canceled Wednesday night but were back in session Thursday morning.
“I’m glad that everything’s good now, everything’s at ease, everything’s picking up and getting back to how it used to be,” said Shateria Gaines, junior.
No weapon was ever found, and open questions persist over who is behind the shooting and why it happened.