Suspect in Towson U. shooting arrested; officer suspended pending investigation

A suspect who was wounded in a shooting at a party at Towson University was arrested after being released from the hospital on Tuesday, while school officials said a campus public safety officer has been suspended.

Three people, including a student, were wounded in the shooting early Saturday at the party, which the university said was unsanctioned.

The suspect, identified as 19-year-old Samuel Nnam, of Greenbelt, was arrested after his release from the hospital on multiple charges, including attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault, Baltimore County police said. He is being held without bail.

Baltimore County police said gunfire erupted at the campus’ Freedom Square around 2 a.m. Saturday, striking three in what officials termed an isolated incident.

Police said evidence and surveillance video shows Nnam carrying out the shooting, including striking himself. He was also charged with carrying a loaded handgun and use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.

In a statement, Towson University officials said Nnam is not affiliated with the school and thanked the police for “their effort to bring closure to this case so our campus can begin to recover from this isolated incident.”

Earlier in the day, in a message to the Towson community, President Kim Schatzel and Vice President Vernon Hurte said the injured student had been released from the hospital, “and we look forward to her return to class and campus.” They added that they had visited the student and remain in contact with the student and her family.

Schatzel and Hurte also said that a veteran officer in the Office of Public Safety, whom they didn’t identify, has been suspended “pending a full investigation into whether they performed established procedures that evening.”

Schatzel and Hurte said in the statement Tuesday that some 400 people were on Freedom Square at the time of the shooting.

Support services remain available for members of the university community through the Towson University Counseling Center.

Anyone with information on the shooting can contact investigators by calling 1-866-7LOCKUP. Police are offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to charges in connection with felony offenses.

WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez contributed to this report.

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Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2013 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He's the author of "A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set" and "I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival."

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