Morgan State University Announces Plan To Build A Wall After Homecoming Week Shooting

Five people were injured during homecoming activities.

In the wake of the Oct. 3 campus shooting that injured five people, Morgan State University announced a plan to extend campus barriers with a new security wall.

The Baltimore, Md., university’s president, David Wilson, revealed the security strategy on Tuesday (Oct. 10) during a campus town hall meeting, ABC News reports.

The wall would add roughly 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) to an existing barrier, covering 90 percent of the campus and eliminating “unfettered access,” Wilson stated.

“We’re doing this, let me be clear, not to keep out our neighbors and our community writ large; we are doing it to keep out the bad actors,” Wilson told the HBCU auditorium crowd of students, faculty and staff.

In addition to the wall, university officials are implementing significant security upgrades, including more metal detectors, increasing police patrols and adding security guard booths. Wilson expects the security enhancements that were already in the works to cost more than $22 million.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the shooting occurred near the Murphy Fine Arts Center, where Mr. and Miss Morgan State University were crowned that evening. NBC News reported that police said the five victims were unintended targets in a dispute likely between two small groups.

Police block off the south entrance to Morgan State University.

Police Searching For Suspect Who Shot Five People at Morgan State Campus

None of the victims (four males and one female, aged 18-22) suffered life-threatening injuries, Morgan State Police Chief Lance Hatcher said.

In a letter posted to the school’s official website, Wilson announced the cancellation and postponement of homecoming activities in the wake of the shooting.

“Today, we unfortunately find ourselves navigating this tragic event during a time at which we should be celebrating our National Treasure during Homecoming,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, the search for suspects continues, police officials stated.

On the late night of Oct. 7, less than a week after the Morgan campus shooting, two people were wounded during a campus shooting at Bowie State University, located less than an hour from Morgan State University.

Col. Roland L. Butler Jr., superintendent of the Maryland state police, said investigators believe the shooting was an isolated incident, The Washington Post reported.

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