Federal authorities announced Monday that a second suspect was arrested for the shooting at Morgan State University, which left five people wounded during the homecoming celebrations of this historically Black college located in north Baltimore.
According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Jovon Williams (18) was arrested on Friday and charged with attempted murder in the first degree and other counts. Marshals Service. He was arrested in Washington D.C. where he faces charges of drug possession and firearms in another case.
The police have arrested another teenager they believe was involved in this shooting. However, he is not publicly identified due to his age. Officials have said that neither suspect is known to be connected with the university.
The shooting occurred on Oct. 3, after the coronation of this year’s Mister Morgan State and Miss Morgan State. Gunfire scattered students as they made their way from the campus auditorium to a student center where a coronation was being held. Police believe that the intended victim was not among the injured. Four victims were students.
Campus was put on lockdown by police for several hours, believing that there was a threat from an active shooter. The university leaders cancelled classes and homecoming events for the rest of the week.
Detectives believe that the shooting was caused by a disagreement and involved two shooters.
In an email sent Monday, the Maryland Office of the Public Defender stated that it is too early to determine if the office will represent Williams in the Baltimore lawsuit.
Williams was wanted by the law since June for federal drug and gun charges out of Washington. According to a press release issued Monday by the U.S. Marshals Service.
The police announced this summer the arrests of 12 more indicted conspirators who prosecutors called the “Kennedy Street Crew.” The group is accused by prosecutors of selling drugs openly in Northwest Washington, and using guns as a means to defend their territory.
Baltimore leaders thanked the law enforcement agencies that arrested Williams for taking him off the street.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott stated in a press release that “the Morgan State community was forced to deal with the violent and reckless decision made by a few individuals, who showed no consideration for the lives of those around them.” “I hope this will serve as a warning to anyone who comes into Baltimore City and endangers lives or injures people that we will not stop until they are held accountable.”
The surveillance footage from the campus of the university helped detectives identify the suspect shooters. After the shooting on Oct. 3, officials released images of surveillance cameras and asked the public to help them track down the suspects.