Reporting Mike Hellgren
BALTIMORE (WJZ)— Police have yet to make an arrest in the shooting at Morgan State University. Now we’re learning more about the swift action taken to save the young victim’s life.
Mike Hellgren has the incredible story of survival in the midst of the chaos.
Police told WJZ that the bullet ripped through the victim’s intestines. He remains in critical condition.
Striking images from Sky Eye Chopper 13 show the 19-year-old cousin of a Morgan State football player moments after he was shot outside the student center Wednesday.
The head coach says the teenager probably wouldn’t be alive today if the team’s head athletic trainer Todd Smith had not rushed to his side and used his skills and equipment to help stabilize him as blood poured from the young man.
Now, more than two days after the violence, the shooter is still on the loose.
“It’s a bit surreal. We don’t really know how to handle it,” said Falisha Sanchez, Morgan State junior.
Investigators have not revealed a motive, details on the gunman or the relationship between the shooter and the victim.
Although a university spokesman says they knew each other, police have yet to identify the victim. He’s undergone several surgeries and is still recovering from his injuries.
“We do not know the purpose of the violence occurring on this campus, but you do, Lord God,” a student said during a rally on campus.
At an emotional rally, students wore Xs on their backs to symbolize anyone can be a target and called attention to security concerns.
“We pray for the guy who’s in the hospital, who’s in the ICU, but this is also a time for us to wake up–wake up and see for ourselves that we need to stick together as a unit,” said Chinedu Nwokeafor, Morgan State rally organizer.
School officials are evaluating their response, including a glitch in the email alert system that caused some delays in notifying everyone immediately after the shooting that put the campus on lockdown.
Neither the shooter nor the victim were Morgan State University students.