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A Towson University student and two other people were shot overnight on the campus, university officials said.Baltimore County police said a group of about 500 people gathered around 2 a.m. Saturday in Freedom Square, near academic buildings.”It wasn’t a university sanctioned or approved event,” said Sean Welsh, interim vice president Towson University Communications and Media.Authorities said the victims — all three who are adults — suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Of the three individuals injured, one has been released from the hospital and two remain in stable condition, police said Sunday afternoon.University officials said one of the victims is a female student who was recovering at a hospital alongside her family. The other two victims were not affiliated with the university.One Towson University student described what she witnessed as the situation unfolded.”It was around four shots that people heard fired,” Towson University junior Sofia Merkowitz-Bustos said. “The area was pretty full, so it wasn’t something easy to run out of.”Baltimore County police officers arrived at the campus to assist TU police. County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt said TU police gave the all-clear to university Saturday morning and there is no active threat on campus. Police said the shooting was an isolated incident.The chief said detectives were on campus and at the hospital but declined on Saturday to say whether there is information on a suspect.Watch the full update from Baltimore County police”While I was running all I could think about was, ‘What if they’re chasing us, and if somebody’s firing where do I go?’ Because it’s kind of a straight shot back to our place. You can’t turn or anything,” Merkowitz-Bustos said.Shortly after 4 p.m., the university released a statement saying the scene was cleared and normal campus activities could resume.But normal for some students will be a slow process to return to.”When we go on campus, you remember what it was like and you see where you were. It’s just different. It looks different now,” Merkowitz-Bustos said. Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski released a statement Saturday morning: “We are committed to keeping all of our residents safe, including those in our university communities. This act of violence on one of our college campuses is extremely troubling. The Baltimore County Police Department responded quickly to the campus to assist Towson University police and is work diligently to investigate this case. I encourage anyone with information about this case to contact the Baltimore County Police Department.” Anyone with information or cellphone video is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.Counseling and support services are available through the university’s counseling center at 410-704-2512.

A Towson University student and two other people were shot overnight on the campus, university officials said.

Baltimore County police said a group of about 500 people gathered around 2 a.m. Saturday in Freedom Square, near academic buildings.

“It wasn’t a university sanctioned or approved event,” said Sean Welsh, interim vice president Towson University Communications and Media.

Authorities said the victims — all three who are adults — suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Of the three individuals injured, one has been released from the hospital and two remain in stable condition, police said Sunday afternoon.

University officials said one of the victims is a female student who was recovering at a hospital alongside her family. The other two victims were not affiliated with the university.

One Towson University student described what she witnessed as the situation unfolded.

“It was around four shots that people heard fired,” Towson University junior Sofia Merkowitz-Bustos said. “The area was pretty full, so it wasn’t something easy to run out of.”

Baltimore County police officers arrived at the campus to assist TU police. County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt said TU police gave the all-clear to university Saturday morning and there is no active threat on campus. Police said the shooting was an isolated incident.

The chief said detectives were on campus and at the hospital but declined on Saturday to say whether there is information on a suspect.

Watch the full update from Baltimore County police

“While I was running all I could think about was, ‘What if they’re chasing us, and if somebody’s firing where do I go?’ Because it’s kind of a straight shot back to our place. You can’t turn or anything,” Merkowitz-Bustos said.

Shortly after 4 p.m., the university released a statement saying the scene was cleared and normal campus activities could resume.

But normal for some students will be a slow process to return to.

“When we go on campus, you remember what it was like and you see where you were. It’s just different. It looks different now,” Merkowitz-Bustos said.

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski released a statement Saturday morning: “We are committed to keeping all of our residents safe, including those in our university communities. This act of violence on one of our college campuses is extremely troubling. The Baltimore County Police Department responded quickly to the campus to assist Towson University police and is work diligently to investigate this case. I encourage anyone with information about this case to contact the Baltimore County Police Department.”

Anyone with information or cellphone video is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

Counseling and support services are available through the university’s counseling center at 410-704-2512.

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