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Morgan State situation is astonishing

OK, now I HAVE heard everything after reading the Sun account below:

Morgan student is arrested in false shooting report
Pair arranged to be shot to avoid fraternity rite, police told
Originally published May 22, 2007

One of two Morgan State University students who had claimed they were shot early Thursday during an attempted robbery at a Harford Road gas station has been arrested and charged with making a false police report, authorities said yesterday.

David M. Briggs, 20, who had addresses in the 6900 block of Donachie Road and in New Jersey, was arrested Thursday morning, shortly after he was released from Good Samaritan Hospital. He had been treated there for a bullet wound to the right leg, said Detective Al Marcus.
Briggs, on crutches, went to the Eastern District police station to retrieve his car – in which police had found a .380-caliber handgun believed used in the shooting, Marcus said. But Briggs subsequently gave police a statement that he and fellow student Phillip Anderson, 22, to avoid a fraternity initiation rite, had arranged to be shot by a friend and report that it took place at the gas station about 12:45 a.m.

Anderson, 22, and Xavier Marshall, 24, have been charged in warrants with various offenses in connection with the incident but have not been arrested. Neither is believed to be on campus, Marcus said.

The shooting actually took place near a basketball court in the 1600 block of Arlington Ave., near the Morgan campus, Marcus said, noting that two .380 shell casings were found at the site during a search.

Briggs has also been charged with illegal possession of a handgun and ammunition, and obliterating the weapon’s serial number, and was released from Central Booking and Intake Center on $50,000 bail, Marcus said.

[Richard Irwin

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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