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Teen arrested, charged with attempted murder in connection with Homecoming shooting

A Baltimore police photo of Jovon Williams, 18, a suspect in the October 3 campus shooting
A Baltimore police photo of Jovon Williams, 18, a suspect in the October 3 campus shooting

Jah'I Selassie, Editor-in-Chief, MSU Spokesman

Baltimore police announced Friday the arrest of a teenage suspect in connection with a shooting that occurred on the Morgan State campus last Tuesday, which left five people injured. A warrant for attempted murder has been issued for another individual.

Police arrested a 17-year-old from Washington, D.C Thursday and charged him with multiple counts of attempted murder. A second suspect, identified as 18-year-old Jovan Williams of an undisclosed address, remains at large, police said.

Morgan State President David Wilson said in a statement that neither the suspect in custody nor Williams are students at the university. The juvenile was taken into custody on Thursday, Oct. 12.

In a statement, police said detectives were able to identify the juvenile suspect through collaboration with Washington D.C. Metro police and Federal law enforcement agencies, along with video footage obtained from the night of the shooting.

Police said Williams is considered armed and dangerous.

“We will not rest until Williams is in custody,” Baltimore Commissioner Richard Worley said in a statement.

Wilson expressed his gratitude for the efforts of the investigators in a statement released Friday.

“On behalf of the Morgan Community, I extend our gratitude to all the law enforcement involved in making this happen. As a result of their diligent investigative work, a significant break in the case occurred leading to the apprehension of a suspect,” Wilson said.

“Additionally, I offer thanks to Governor Wes Moore and Mayor Brandon Scott for their continued outreach and support throughout this ordeal. I also would like to recognize all of those who showed the courage in coming forward to assist in this investigation by supplying key information leading to the arrest of the suspected assailant.”

Wilson added that the university will move forward with their previous plans to implement heightened security measures and extend the university’s cobblestone barrier to ensure the safety of the campus community.

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