Baltimore, MD – November 21, 2023
On Monday, federal authorities revealed that a second individual has been apprehended in relation to the shooting incident at Morgan State University. The incident occurred during homecoming celebrations at the historically Black college in northeast Baltimore, resulting in injuries to five people.
Jovon Williams, an 18-year-old, was apprehended on Friday and has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and other counts, as confirmed by the U.S. Marshals Service. Williams was taken into custody in Washington, D.C., where he also faces separate charges related to drugs and firearms.
This development follows the earlier arrest of another teenager involved in the shooting, whose identity remains undisclosed due to being a minor. Authorities have clarified that neither of the suspects has a known connection to the university.
On October 3, the incident occurred subsequent to the crowning ceremony for this year’s Mister and Miss Morgan State. Chaos ensued as students moved from a campus auditorium to the student center for a coronation ball, with gunfire breaking out and causing injuries to four students. Law enforcement authorities state that the person intended as the target did not sustain any injuries.
In response to the situation, the campus implemented lockdown protocols for an extended period, resulting in the cancellation of classes and homecoming events for the rest of the week due to the perceived risk of an active shooter.
Detectives investigating the case suggest that the shooting was a result of a dispute and involved two shooters. Surveillance footage from the university campus played a pivotal role in identifying the suspected individuals. In the days following the incident, authorities released surveillance images, seeking public assistance in locating the perpetrators.
Jovon Williams, who had been wanted since June on federal gun and drug charges in Washington, had been on law enforcement’s watchlist. The Maryland Office of the Public Defender mentioned that it was too early to ascertain whether they would represent Williams in the Baltimore case.
Over the summer, law enforcement had announced the apprehension of 12 co-conspirators known as the “Kennedy Street Crew.” They were accused of openly selling drugs in Northwest Washington and using firearms to protect their territory.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott commended the law enforcement agencies involved in Williams’ arrest, emphasizing the city’s commitment to holding individuals accountable for violent acts. “The Morgan State community has been forced to grapple with the violent, reckless decision of a few individuals who had no regard for the lives around them,” Mayor Scott stated. “I hope that this will be a sign to everyone that if you come into Baltimore City, endanger lives, and injure people, we will not rest until you are held accountable.”