Accused Morgan State Shooter Fired 17 Times During Homecoming Violence, Prosecutor Says

The defendant – an 11th-grader – was arrested on October 12 on several charges, including attempted murder.

The teenage suspect who is charged with 34 counts for shooting five people on the campus of Morgan State University on October 3 allegedly fired at least 17 rounds during the mass shooting,

According to the Baltimore Sun, Assistant State’s Attorney Susan Rodgers said at the bail hearing for the 17-year-old, who remains unidentified because of his age, from Washington, D.C., that a witness identified him as the shooter.

Robert Linthicum, the teenager’s public defender says that the prosecution has not linked his client to 17 9mm casings that were found at the scene of the crime saying there’s “no gun, no DNA.”

Linthicum, who requested that his client be released into home detention at his mother’s home pending trial, said the teen was in the 11th grade at an alternative school in D.C. where students go to catch up on credits, is a volunteer at a local recreation center, and is a practicing Muslim. He said that the teenager came from a “good background, stable family” and that his mother was “very, very supportive.”

“He would not be in Baltimore. He’d be all the way down in D.C.,” Linthicum said.

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Baltimore District Judge Kent J. Boles Jr. described the incident at the hearing as “an attack” and added that the teenager “would be an extreme danger to the community at large” if he would be released from custody.

Rodgers said that the teenager was arrested by law enforcement in D.C. in a vehicle with at least two other passengers with 100 grams of marijuana and three 9 mm handguns. Police found two occupants were carrying guns, while the third firearm wasn’t taken from anyone’s person. Investigators submitted the latter for DNA testing, according to Rodgers.

On October 12, he was arrested in Washington, D.C., and charged with five counts each of attempted first- and second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, first- and second-degree assault, various firearms offenses, and a charge of carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds, according to Baltimore Police.

The authorities also released an image of Jovan Williams, 18, who is wanted in connection to the shooting and is considered to be "armed and dangerous."

Williams has been wanted by law enforcement in Washington, D.C., since July on federal charges for his alleged involvement in a “violent drug trafficking organization.”

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