Jury awards $900,000 to man in cam­pus shoot­ing

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND NATION & WORLD -

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.

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