A Clark Atlanta University student was arrested Saturday in the shooting of a Morehouse College student after a fight over a pickup basketball game, the college said.
The shooting occurred Friday at Samuel A. Archer Hall on the Morehouse campus. Amir Obafemi, 21, was booked into the Fulton County Jail. He was charged with felony aggravated assault and carrying a concealed weapon and was being held on $2,000 bond.
The shooting victim was identified as Morehouse student Cornileus Savage. He remained hospitalized at Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery, the college said.
As news of an arrest spread, Morehouse students were gathering Saturday for a campus anti-violence rally that one man, philosophy major Ian Moore, called “a gathering for peace.”
“I want people to still believe and still know that there are people who are promoting peace,” said Moore, a senior. He said organizers planned to walk along areas on campus where students have been the victims of violence and drop roses to commemorate them.
“It’s about spreading compassion, love, peace and happiness,” said junior Jalani Traxlar, a psychology major. “We shouldn’t celebrate someone’s arrest.”
Morehouse’s new president, John Silvanus Wilson Jr., said the rally was “very timely” given the level of gun violence in the city and around the country. He added that everyone is influenced by the issue.
The college’s 11th president said Morehouse and other schools in the Atlanta University Center must do all they can to make sure students are in a safe environment.
“If the students don’t feel safe, they don’t learn,” said Wilson, who had been executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Read more at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.