Suspect arrested in Morgan State University campus shooting

Kelly Lamont Ellerbee, 20, charged with attempted first-degree murder

September 18, 2012|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore police have arrested and charged a 20-year-old man in a shooting they say resulted from a dispute over drugs that left a teen critically wounded on the campus of Morgan State University last week.

Kelly Lamont Ellerbee of the 6000 block of Chinquapin Parkway faces attempted first-degree murder and related charges in the shooting of 19-year-old Michael Antonio Campbell at the student center.

Police said Ellerbee and Campbell knew each other but would not say whether they believe Ellerbee went to the campus for the purpose of shooting Campbell or whether the two men went with each other.

Campbell, who is not a student at Morgan State, had been at the campus to see his cousin, a member of the school's football team. Police said he remains in the hospital, recovering from injuries.

Ellerbee was identified as the shooter based on accounts from witnesses at the school and was seen running through a hallway after the shooting, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

Police said there had already been a warrant out for Ellerbee's arrest on drug-related charges when he was picked up by police about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

His attorney in that case, Ivan J. Bates, said he and his client want to see the evidence police have in the shooting case. Bates said Ellerbee was shocked to learn he's considered a suspect in the case but was cooperative.

Ellerbee is also facing a second-degree assault charge in an assault on a police officer last month, Bates said. But he said Ellerbee alleges he was assaulted by police and had his home searched without a warrant, where police found drugs, Bates said.

"It's interesting that all of a sudden, he's showing up as the person involved in this shooting," Bates said.

Police said the dispute at Morgan started inside a bathroom at the student center, where shell casings were recovered. Officers found Campbell on the ground outside the building.

The shooting caused school officials to lock down the campus and cancel evening classes.

Morgan's president, David Wilson, said in a statement Tuesday that since the shooting, the school has "made significant investments to enhance security and are prepared to do even more in the future, working with our partners in state and city government and the community."

He continued, "Our vision at Morgan is to transform Northeast Baltimore, which includes making this a safer community, and last week's unfortunate event will not alter our focus or our resolve."

Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this article.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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