Update to campus following Saturday shooting

September 7, 2021

The following message was shared with the TU community Tuesday on behalf of President Schatzel, Vice President Hurte and Chief Herring.

Sept. 7, 8 p.m.

The following update is being provided following new information from Baltimore County Police:

Baltimore County Police on Tuesday evening announced the arrest of a 19-year-old man in the shooting of three people, including one TU student, during an unsanctioned gathering on campus Saturday morning. 

The suspect is not a TU affiliate and was one of the three people injured in the shooting, police said. 

“We thank Chief Hyatt and the Baltimore County Police Department for their effort to bring closure to this case so our campus can begin to recover from this isolated incident,” President Schatzel said. 

County police said the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about this case may call 410-307-2020.

Sept. 7, 3:30 p.m.

Dear Towson University students, faculty, staff and community —

Towson University continues to take action following an unsanctioned gathering of people on campus early Saturday morning where a shooting injured three people—including a TU student.

This afternoon, we can report that the TU student injured in this shooting has been released from the hospital and we look forward to her return to class and campus. President Schatzel and Vice President of Student Affairs Vernon Hurte have visited the student in the hospital, and remain in contact with the student and her family to provide support.

As we shared Saturday, we remain resolute that the safety of our community and campus is our top priority. As such, TU senior leadership continues to take action in response to this isolated incident.

After an initial internal review, TU has placed a veteran officer of the university's Office of Public Safety on paid leave. The officer has been suspended pending a full investigation into whether they performed established procedures that evening during the unsanctioned event, where approximately 400 people gathered near Freedom Square.

Baltimore County Police are the lead investigators into the shooting, and our Office of Public Safety continues to work closely with county police to provide support, video evidence and assistance throughout the investigation.

On Sunday, TU shared a series of initial findings and actions stemming from Saturday's shooting.

TU’s Office of Public Safety will immediately increase their monitoring and active engagement with attendees of any unsanctioned events on all parts of the campus and at any time throughout the day or night.  The Office of Public Safety will also continue to work with the Division of Student Affairs to engage with our community during all university-sanctioned events. 

Additionally, TU's Office of Public Safety is doubling foot patrols of campus to help ensure the safety of our students and community.

TU leadership is continuing to explore additional ways to make the outdoor areas of campus even more secure — from access to the spaces and resources on campus, to monitoring of those spaces, to access to parking for non-affiliates.

As announced Saturday afternoon, all areas of the campus are now accessible to our community. We applaud our faculty, staff and students for their response in light of Saturday's shooting. Our campus is one that is inclusive, and welcoming of interaction with our community and partners.

Our campus has been recognized as one of the safest in the nation, and we are committed to do all we can to make our students, faculty and staff continue to feel safe whenever and wherever they are on campus. Trespassing is not welcome on our campus and violence has no place on it either.  

Staff through the Division of Student Affairs, Counseling Center and Residence Life remain available, providing support for our students and community. Counseling and support services are available through the TU Counseling Center at 410-704-2512.  

Thank you for supporting one another during this most difficult time. 

Sincerely,
Kim Schatzel, Ph.D.
President 

Vernon Hurte, Ph.D.
Vice President, Student Affairs

Charles “Joe” Herring
Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police