Baltimore police reported the arrest Friday morning, but did not name the defendant since he is a child. Authorities say they’re looking for a second suspect, 18-year-old Jovan Williams, and have an arrest warrant out for him. According to authorities, he should be regarded armed and dangerous.
“Neither are Morgan students nor do they have any connection to this university,” school administrators stated in a statement released Friday.
The juvenile suspect was apprehended Thursday in Washington, D.C., and will face many charges of attempted murder, according to police.
According to the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, it has not yet been established if the kid will be represented.
Using security footage from the university’s campus, detectives were able to identify the alleged shooters. Days after the Oct. 3 shooting, authorities published surveillance photographs and requested the public for assistance in locating the persons shown.
The filming took place after the crowning of this year’s Mister and Miss Morgan State. Students were on their way from an auditorium on campus to the student centre for a coronation ball when they were startled by gunshots.
Five individuals were injured, four of whom were students, and authorities think the intended target was not among those hurt.
Officers first assumed there was an active shooter threat and put the school on lockdown for many hours. Classes and homecoming celebrations have been cancelled for the rest of the week, according to university officials.
Detectives suspect the shooting was the result of a quarrel between two gunmen.
“We will not rest until we have Williams in custody,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley said in a statement Friday, referring to the second suspect.
“While this arrest cannot undo the damage and trauma caused that day, it is my hope that it can bring some peace and justice to the victims, the Morgan community and our city.”
Morgan State President David Wilson stated earlier this week his intention to construct a wall around the majority of the northeast Baltimore campus, with security guards stationed at entrances and exits. Other security changes, he added, are also in the works.
“The Morgan Community can take solace today in knowing that an arrest has been made,” he stated in a statement released early Friday morning.
“We look forward to the day when all the individuals involved in the shooting are made to be held accountable for what took place.”