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Atlanta detectives have arrested one suspect and are looking for a second in connection with the shooting of a Morehouse College student over the weekend. The Friday shooting apparently began as "a fight over a pickup basketball game" at Morehouse's Samuel Archer Hall, reports WSB and CBS Atlanta.
Twenty-two-year-old Clark Atlanta University student Amir Obafemi was arrested Saturday. Obafemi has been charged with felony aggravated assault and carrying a concealed weapon.
[Morehouse Police Chief Vernon Worthy]said the shooting stemmed from an argument outside after a pick-up basketball game at the gym. He said the shooter brandished a weapon, and the victim made it just inside the building before he was shot in the forearm. The victim, later identified as Cornileus Savage, was taken to Grady Hospital, and is conscious and alert, according to Atlanta police.
There was another violent crime on the Morehouse campus over the weekend, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Around 130pm Saturday, the Atlanta Police Department said a Morehouse student’s iPhone was snatched from his hand and when he chased the robber several of the suspect’s “associates” attacked the student. "They roughed him up and then fled the scene," APD spokesman Gregory Lyon said. He said the student suffered cuts and bruises and was transported to the hospital.
The Morehouse shooting was the second high-profile shooting in Atlanta last week. "A 14-year-old was wounded on Thursday in a shooting outside a middle school and police said another student was arrested," reports Reuters.
The 143-year-old all-male Morehouse College is one of the nation's most prestigious historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). The college boasts famous alumni and "Morehouse men" such as civil rights icons Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Julian Bond, filmmaker Spike Lee and actor Samuel L. Jackson.
Dr. John Silvanus Wilson is the new president of Morehouse. In January he spoke to National Public Radio about the challenges facing the historic college. Listen HERE.