WSSU Athlete Killed After Shooting On Wake Forest University Campus

WSSU Athlete Killed After Shooting On Wake Forest University Campus

7:13am Jan 20, 2018
21-year old Najee Ali Baker was a walk-on for Winston-Salem State University's football team. Courtesy of WSSU athletics.

UPDATE 12:33 P.M. 

Najee Ali Baker was a walk-on for Winston-Salem State University's football team. He sat out the 2017 season after transferring from Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts. The school's athletic website said Baker was a 6-foot, 1-inch 240-pound linebacker from Brooklyn, New York.

 

UPDATE 7:32 AM

The victim of an overnight shooting has died, according to Winston-Salem police. 21-year old Najee Ali Baker was a student at Winston-Salem State University. According to the press release, Baker received immediate medical attention after a shooting was reported at The Barn at Wake University's Reynolda campus. He was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. 

Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch said in a statement that students from both universities attended the party where the shooting took place and they are working together to support those impacted. Police do not believe the shooter remained on campus. 

"There is no greater priority than the safety of our campus community and this incident is troubling and unsettling for all of us. Police are increasing security and patrols on campus and in the surrounding area," says Hatch. 

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain's Office at 336-758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.

"We understand that an incident such as this can stir up emotions among members of the campus community. Counseling services will be available for any individual who needs support from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Gleason Hairston Terrace Courtyard Lounge and noon-1 p.m. at the Bowman Gray Field House Hospitality Room," according to a statement from Winston-Salem State University. 

The Winston-Salem Police Department is leading the investigation with support from Wake Forest Police. Police have no reason to believe that the shooter remained on campus. The investigation is still in the early stages. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Winston-Salem Police at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

This version has been updated to include a statement from Winston-Salem State University. 

ORIGINAL STORY

At least one victim has been taken to the hospital after a shooting on Wake Forest University's Reynolda campus.

University officials reported the incident occurred around 1:00 a.m. Saturday at a recreational building known as The Barn.

The campus emergency system called Wake Alert sent a message to students and staff at 2:03 a.m. about an "armed and dangerous person on campus" and told students to "seek shelter now."

An update about 20 minutes later said police were seeking a suspect in a shooting at The Barn. The message told individuals to stay in place and if off campus, to stay away.

At 2:46 a.m. Wake Alert indicated that police were on the scene and the search for a suspect was ongoing. The university also said a shooting victim has been taken to the hospital and that students who were off campus were now allowed to return. 

(Ed. note: This is a developing story which will be updated.)

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