Two Morgan students arrested in stabbings

December 08, 2007|By Gadi Dechter

Morgan State University police have arrested two male freshmen in connection with the on-campus stabbings early Wednesday of three other male freshmen, officials said yesterday.

None of the wounds was considered life-threatening, but campus officials said they did not have an update on the victims' conditions yesterday.

Richard A. Gibbs Jr., 20, of East Baltimore and Anthony Showell, 20, of Atlantic City, N.J., were both charged yesterday with attempted second-degree murder as well as assault and deadly weapons violations, said university spokesman Jarrett Carter.

The stabbings took place outside the Thurgood Marshall residence hall about midnight Wednesday. Police said the suspects stabbed three classmates who had come to the assistance of a female student who was being harassed by Gibbs and Showell.

On Thursday, police thought there might have been a third assailant, but "at this point, detectives with Morgan police don't have any reason to believe that a third person was involved," Carter said yesterday.

In July, Gibbs pleaded guilty to illegally carrying a handgun in connection with armed-robbery charges filed against him in August 2006, records show.

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