A message from President Schatzel following overnight shooting

September 4, 2021

Towson University President Kim Schatzel addresses an overnight shooting that took place on campus Saturday.

Dear Towson University students, faculty, staff and community —

Early Saturday morning, just hours after many students and faculty finished their first week of in-person learning for the fall semester, our campus and community experienced an egregious act of violence

At approximately 2:00 a.m., three individuals — including one TU student — were injured with a gun while part of a gathering of people in the area of Freedom Square. The gathering was not organized or sanctioned by the university or by any TU student organization. 

Towson University’s Office of Public Safety and the Baltimore County Police Department have been diligently working together since that time to identify and arrest those responsible for the shooting as well as those who unlawfully trespassed the campus. We remain resolute that the safety of our community and campus is our top priority. As shared by Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt earlier today, this is an isolated incident and there is no continuing threat to TU’s campus. All areas of the campus are now accessible to our community. 

I want to thank Chief Hyatt and the officers and detectives of the Baltimore County Police Department, who are leading the investigation, for their outstanding response and support. My gratitude goes to the first responders who helped provide medical care for those in need. I also want to thank area hospitals that provided care for the three injured individuals. Finally, I am grateful to TU Chief of Police Joe Herring and his officers and public safety staff for their work today and their dedication every day to keep our campus and community safe. 

I know our entire community joins me in sending prayers and support to the three wounded individuals and their families. None of the injuries were life-threatening and I pray for their speedy and full recovery.  

One of the three wounded individuals is a TU student. I visited with her and her family, along with Vice President Vernon Hurte, at the hospital early Saturday morning to offer our support and we are staying in close contact with them. Her condition is stable and she was in good spirits. The best news of all is that she is looking forward to a full recovery very soon.

Our university leadership team responded to this incident as it was occurring, and in the coming days we will be reviewing our policies, practices and procedures to ensure that TU remains one of the safest campuses in the nation, and that incidents like what transpired early Saturday morning do not happen again.

As I told our young student while visiting her hospital room on Saturday morning, our entire campus community will rally behind her, and TU will place all of its resources before its students to provide them support. As they have throughout the day, staff through the Division of Student Affairs, Counseling Center and Residence Life is on campus and providing support for our students and community. Counseling and support services are available through the TU Counseling Center at 410-704-2512. 

Providing an engaging on-campus experience this fall is part of what TU offers its community. And while some plans for this weekend have changed as a result of Saturday’s violence, we remain committed to being a community where our students can engage with one another. We stand committed to having rigorous in-person teaching in our classrooms alongside an engaging on-campus experience this fall.

As more information becomes available, we will provide updates through Towson University Communications and social media. Additional updates are being shared with parents. Finally, please take a moment today to sign up for our public safety text alert service.

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

Kim Schatzel, Ph.D.

Find prior campus updates through the Presidential Communications page.