Morgan student stabbed to death in campus fight

February 18, 1994|By Richard Irwin and Melody Simmons | Richard Irwin and Melody Simmons,Sun Staff Writers Sun Staff Writer Joan Jacobson contributed to this story.

City police today continued their search for several men following the slaying last night of a 22-year-old Morgan State University student who was stabbed during a fight on campus.

Two other men, Morgan students who were friends of the dead man, were injured in the stabbings.

Sean Jones of Elmsford, N.Y., who lived on Neptune Court in Baltimore County, was pronounced dead at 9:15 p.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Mr. Jones was a junior majoring in business at Morgan.

Treated at Union Memorial Hospital for stab wounds of the back and face and later released was Shanile Shakoor, 20, originally from Jersey City, N.J., who now lives in northeast Baltimore.

Admitted to Union Memorial for treatment of stab wounds to the left shoulder and arm was Marlon Sullivan, 21, of northeast Baltimore.

No arrests had been made in the incident, police said today.

Mr. Shakoor, who was with Mr. Jones in a car before the stabbing, said today that the fight resulted from an argument that started at 7 p.m. when an unknown man struck at Mr. Jones' car with a knife on the northeast Baltimore campus.

Around 7:30 p.m., Mr. Jones, along with Mr. Shakoor and Mr. Sullivan, were on the campus and reportedly looking for the man who damaged Mr. Jones' car, homicide detectives said. Mr. Jones spotted the man as he stood with several other men in front of the gym and another argument broke out.

Mr. Shakoor said he saw the man attacking Mr. Jones with a knife. He said he was stabbed when he went over to help his friend.

Mr. Shakoor sustained two long cuts to the right side of his face that required 23 stitches. He has two deep stab wounds to his upper back, with one wound coming one-eighth of an inch from his lungs.

"There was a lot of confusion and fights all over," he said.

During the melee, Baltimore Police Detective D. Martin Disney said, Mr. Sullivan also was stabbed.

Detective Disney said at least two knives were used in the attack.

When word spread that a fight was occurring, several bystanders, a campus police officer, a security man from the Nation of Islam and an MSU football coach pursued the fleeing suspects across a plaza but were unable to catch them.

It was not known if the men are Morgan students.

Detective Disney said because of the large crowd and the confusion following the knife attack, it was not immediately obvious that Mr. Jones was seriously wounded.

"When the ambulance arrived," Detective Disney said, "Mr. Jones was sitting up and talking."

He said there was very little blood where Mr. Jones had been sitting and that he was probably bleeding internally.

Fred Douglass, Morgan State spokesman, described the incident as isolated. He emphasized that the 127-year-old campus of 5,900 students in northeast Baltimore is safe and that campus safety seminars will continue for students.

The last violent incident at Morgan State was in October 1993 when a 14-year-old boy was shot in the head and left side during a fight that broke out before the Morgan State homecoming football game against North Carolina A&T.

"Do we have a crime problem? Definitely not," Mr. Douglass said. "This is an urban campus, we have had some instances, but we don't have more problems than any other campus in this area has. Obviously, we do have some minor incidents from time to time and this certainly is an extreme situation."

Students at Morgan today said they were shocked. The incident seemed to dominate conversations.

"Everybody is appalled," said Denise O'Kane, 21, a psychology major from New York City. "This is our community and when it's violent it bothers all of us. Morgan is our home."

There will be a prayer vigil for Mr. Jones Monday at 8 p.m. in front of the Hurt Gymnasium.

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