By Prince George’s County Ex-Pat
University of Maryland security guard in critical condition after shooting
By Dana Hedgpeth
September 6 at 8:33 A.M.
A security guard at the University of Maryland was shot early Tuesday near its College Park campus during a possible commercial armed robbery, university police said.
At least one suspect was still at large, they said.
Officials said the security guard was shot in the arm and taken to an area hospital, where he is in critical condition.
The incident happened around 2 a.m. near the University College campus, which is near the large campus for mostly undergraduate students at the University of Maryland College Park. UMUC has a hotel and conference center, which is used for meetings and some of its graduate and night classes.
Chief David B. Mitchell of the University of Maryland police department, said at a morning news conference that it is believed the two men went into the facility and stole some safes. Some of the safes, which police said were portable, were found tossed across the street.
Mitchell said it is not immediately clear how the two men got into the facility.
He said the security guard was not armed at the time of the incident. He described the guard as a “tremendous fellow,” whom the department knows. The guard’s name wasn’t released but Mitchell said he had worked at the facility for some time.
“We pray for his recovery,” Mitchell said.