Jury awards $900,000 to man in campus shooting
A Baltimore jury awarded $900,000 to a former Morgan State University football player who was injured in a shooting on campus in 2012 and later sued the school, contending that it did not provide a safe environment for students. Tyrell K. Okoro, 23, was shot in both legs and the torso outside a dormitory on the last day of classes in December 2012. Okoro’s attorney, Robert L. Hanley, Jr., said Morgan had a responsibility to keep its students safe and failed his client, who had lasting injuries from the shooting. Morgan spokesman Clinton R. Coleman said school officials “were disappointed in the jury’s verdict, given that Mr. Okoro was injured by someone who was not known to the University and whose actions we could not control.” But Morgan continues an “exhaustive review of its security/guest accountability policies,” Coleman said.