Dramatic moment SWAT teams raid dorm rooms hunting for gunmen after ‘up to three’ opened


Shocking new videos show students’ terror as SWAT teams raided dorm rooms around Morgan State University in Baltimore on Tuesday night after five people, including four students, were wounded in the latest mass shooting

The gunfire broke out at 9:25pm, authorities said. Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley said in the first press conference following the shooting that the suspects remained at-large. 

Around 75 minutes after the shooting began, authorities declared that it was no longer being considered an active-shooting event. The victims are one female and four males aged between 18-22. 

A video posted by student Don Myrie on X showed officers armed with assault rifles storming a dorm room, asking students if they have seen anything, asking them to lift up their shirts to check for weapons and asked if anyone was hurt. 

Myrie, a sophomore, said in an interview with The Baltimore Banner that he was exhausted after a day of work and that his friends forced him to go to the homecoming event where the attack took place. 

One video showed officers marching through a hallway asking if anyone heard any shooting

One video showed officers marching through a hallway asking if anyone heard any shooting

Officers went into darkened rooms in the search for the shooters, who remain at large

Officers went into darkened rooms in the search for the shooters, who remain at large

Students remained huddled together in cramped rooms for hours as officers continued to search

Students remained huddled together in cramped rooms for hours as officers continued to search 

Another video shows officers asking students to lift up their shirts in order to check for firearms

Another video shows officers asking students to lift up their shirts in order to check for firearms 

Five people were shot at Morgan State University in Maryland after at least one gunman opened fire at a crowd on campus

Five people were shot at Morgan State University in Maryland after at least one gunman opened fire at a crowd on campus

As they were making their way there, they saw police cars whizzing past and students yelling and running. Eventually, Myrie and a group of around 20 others huddled together in a room. 

The college told students to avoid Thurgood Marshall Hall, a co-ed residential hall with a dining facility attached, as well as the Murphy Fine Arts Center. 

‘Initially, we played music to try to keep ourselves sane. But eventually they turned the music off because the crowd wasn’t feeling it,’ Myrie, 20, said.  

Another shocking video shows a group of heavily armed officers marching through the hallway of a dorm telling students to move to the sides of the hallway while asking: ‘Is anybody shooting?’ 

Toby Jones, a writer with The Athletic, wrote on X that the shooting happened in his daughter’s dorm but added that she was ‘ok.’ 

An unnamed student told around midnight CBS Baltimore that he was hiding out in the school’s stadium’s bathrooms waiting for the all clear. 

In an interview with CBS Baltimore, City Councilwoman Odette Ramos described the events as a ‘sad evening.’

‘It’s been a sad, sad evening, especially since Morgan has homecoming coming up, and that is usually a big celebration of how wonderful campus is and still is. I’m here to show my support to the students.’  

While under-fire Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott blamed Congress for the shooting in his first remarks following the incident. 

‘There are things that can be done, especially at the level of Congress that can stop the next shooting on a campus, at a church, at a supermarket, when is enough going to be enough?,’ Scott said. 

‘We have to deal with this issue nationally. We have to get serious about guns,’ he added.  

A Baltimore City Fire Department truck stages at Morgan State University during a shooting on the campus Tuesday

A Baltimore City Fire Department truck stages at Morgan State University during a shooting on the campus Tuesday

Officials have urged the gunmen, who had caused the injuries, to turn themselves in.  

Baltimore City Council Member Ryan Dorsey reported earlier on Tuesday that police said there were three gunmen at the scene.

Dorsey said: ‘Just received a call from BPD about a shooting at the Morgan campus. Five victims, none critical.  

‘It’s believed there were three shooters firing into the crowd, none apprehended or ID’d at this time.’ 

The shooting happened shortly after the coronation of Mister & Miss Morgan State at the Murphy Fine Arts Center, as students were heading to a campus ball.

Konnor Crowder, a sophomore from Baltimore, said he and his friends had been waiting for the coronation ball to start when they saw people running.

‘First I was wondering what they were running for, then I was wondering where we should go,’ he said.

Worley said police heard gunshots and several dorm windows shattered, so officials initially thought there was an active shooter on campus and acted accordingly. 

He said they ended the shelter-in-place order around 12:30 a.m., after SWAT officers cleared a building where a suspect was feared to be hiding. 

At a news conference at 2am, police said they still have not arrested any suspected gunmen. They also could not confirm if there was more than one shooter

At a news conference at 2am, police said they still have not arrested any suspected gunmen. They also could not confirm if there was more than one shooter

Baltimore Police told students and locals to stay indoors during the situation, which started around 9.30pm on Tuesday

Baltimore Police told students and locals to stay indoors during the situation, which started around 9.30pm on Tuesday

Multiple people were shot during the situation at Morgan State University in Maryland

Multiple people were shot during the situation at Morgan State University in Maryland

Evidence markers are pictured outside a building at Morgan State University

Evidence markers are pictured outside a building at Morgan State University

An ATF officer searches for evidence in front of a building at Morgan State University

An ATF officer searches for evidence in front of a building at Morgan State University

Shortly after midnight, dozens of students wearing gowns and suits started trickling out of the arts center, where they had been waiting. Many were trying to process the chaos and fear that overwhelmed an evening of festivities.

Orange evidence markers were visible on the ground in front of a building next to the dorm where the shooting occurred. Yellow crime tape encircled the area as officers used flashlights to search for evidence.

Parents gathered outside a police blockade at the south entrance to campus. James Willoughby, a Morgan State alum whose daughter is a freshman, said he wasn’t leaving until he laid eyes on her.

‘I’m gonna be here until I can physically see her,’ he said.

 Glenmore Blackwood came to the campus after hearing from his son, a senior who told him the shooting occurred just as the coronation was concluding.

Blackwood said his son was in the arts center’s auditorium. He sang in the ceremony and was planning to host a prayer service afterward.

‘That’s my son. He’s going to make sure I know he’s OK,’ Blackwood said. ‘It’s just sad. They were doing a good thing — an event to promote positivity — and all this negativity happens.’

Morgan State University President David Wilson said he had canceled Wednesday’s classes, and would hold an emergency meeting Wednesday morning to decide whether to hold other events planned for the runup to the school’s homecoming game, which is scheduled to be played on Saturday.

‘It is unfortunate that this tragedy happened here tonight,’ he said. ‘By no means will it define who we are as a university.’

FBI Baltimore said earlier in the night: ‘The FBI has personnel on the scene offering assistance to our partners Baltimore Police at Morgan State University tonight. People in the area are still being asked to shelter in place.’

Morgan State University is the largest of Maryland’s historically black colleges and universities – and it became an official higher education institution in 1975.

In 2022, there were 7,609 undergraduates and 1,392 postgraduates enrolled at the college. 

MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, donated $40 million to Morgan State in 2020. 

This is not the first time that the college has faced shootings around the time of homecoming.

In October last year, one student was shot during an unsanctioned homecoming party outside university’s student center, reports the Baltimore Banner. 

A year before that in 2021, another student was shot during a fight during homecoming celebrations. 





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