Five people, including four students, were shot on the Morgan State University campus in Baltimore on Tuesday night, prompting an hourslong shelter-in-place order and the cancellation of classes on Wednesday, the authorities said.
One female and four male victims, of ages 18 to 22, were being treated for gunshot wounds that weren’t life-threatening, Richard Worley, the city’s police commissioner, said in a news conference early Wednesday.
Police officers who were on routine patrol on campus heard gunshots at about 9:25 p.m., Mr. Worley said. Shortly afterward, officers located multiple victims and noticed that multiple windows had been shattered, causing them to believe that there was an active shooter. The Baltimore Police Department soon put into place a shelter-in-place order, which was lifted early Wednesday.
The police have not located a suspect or made any arrests, Mr. Worley said. But he added that the decision to lift the shelter-in-place order came after it was determined that there was no longer an active shooter situation.
“We didn’t open the campus up until our SWAT team had cleared the building where the suspect may have ran, or where we thought the shot came from,” he said, adding that the police believed the shooting had taken place outside.
Four of the five injured were Morgan State University students, Lance Hatcher, the university police chief, said in the news conference. The university’s president, David Kwabena Wilson, said that he had canceled classes for at least Wednesday.
Before the shelter-in-place order was lifted, the university had asked people to stay clear of the area surrounding Thurgood Marshall Hall, a dormitory building, and the Murphy Fine Arts Center. The police previously stated that there was an active shooter on the 1700 block of Argonne Drive, which matched the dormitory building’s address.
Federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said they were assisting with the response to the shooting. Gov. Wes Moore of Maryland said that his office was aware of the situation.
“The repetition of these horrific events is about one thing: easy access to guns,” Bill Ferguson, the Democratic president of the Maryland state senate, said on social media. “I cannot even fathom the feelings of parents who are fearing the safety of their children at Morgan tonight.”
Morgan State University is one of Maryland’s oldest historically Black colleges, with about 9,000 enrolled students. Homecoming week was underway on campus on Tuesday, and a coronation event for “Mister & Miss Morgan State University” had been held at the arts center earlier in the evening.
The situation at Morgan State on Tuesday night was only the latest example of an armed person threatening a college campus. In August, a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was charged with killing a faculty member.
Later that month, a white gunman drove onto the Jacksonville, Fla., campus of Edward Waters University, a historically Black college, where he put on a bulletproof vest and drove away minutes later, before killing three Black people in a nearby Dollar General store.
In February, a gunman killed three students and injured five others on the campus of Michigan State University.