Students at Morehouse College in Atlanta rallied Saturday afternoon after a student was shot in the forearm inside the doorway of Samuel H. Archer Hall just before 6 p.m. Friday.
The student was shot when an argument broke out after a pick-up basketball game.
"One student brandished a weapon, a victim student, who happens to be a Morehouse student, just got to the inside before four shots were fired," Morehouse Chief of Police Vernon Worthy said.
Worthy said the victim ran for cover as the shooter fired four rounds. Worthy estimates 20 people witnessed the shooting.
"We had several witnesses in this area who saw it," Worthy said. "Some of the witnesses had the phones (with) the cameras and we were able to get some photographic evidence."
Police have charged 20-year-old Amir Obafemi, a student at nearby Clark Atlanta University, with the shooting. The victim, Cornileus Savage, is expected to make a full recovery.
Morehouse's new president addressed students at Saturday's anti-violence rally.
"Morehouse cannot be Morehouse if we are distracted by safety and security concerns," President John Silvanus Wilson Jr. told students.
Wilson said safety is one of his top priorities.
"Safety and security are a top concern for us because we know you have sent your sons to us so they can learn and be ready for the world and they can't do that if they don't feel safe and secure," Wilson said.
"I am thinking, not another school shooting, and not another one at my own college," Morehouse freshman Jonathan Williams said. "But, I am glad everyone is OK. The fact that it was so close, you know, and it is good that he wasn't fatally harmed, but the fact that he was shot regardless makes me upset with the fact that our security isn't as good as it should be."
"It does upset me, we are supposed to represent something more than arguing over petty stuff like that and for it to get that far to shoot someone else over an argument over a basketball call, it is unacceptable," Keon Daniels, a freshman at Morehouse, said.
Morehouse officials said this type of behavior will not be tolerated.
"We think it is totally irresponsible to have a weapon on a college campus," Worthy said. "Let alone discharge it and that is why we are pursuing the perps right now."
Morehouse officials said the men's basketball game on Saturday between Morehouse and Clark Atlanta University has been canceled.
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