FAIRFIELD, AL – Authorities have identified a Miles College student who was killed in a shooting that police are calling an “isolated incident.”
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office confirmed that 21-year-old student Keenen Tajae Morris of Mobile was killed at an apartment complex off Lloyd Nolan Parkway. The apartment was off-campus but owned by Miles College.
Fairfield police say Morris’ roommate called them around 10:05 p.m. and said his roommate had just been shot. Fairfield police and Fire Rescue crews responded to the apartment and found Morris suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.
He was pronounced dead on the scene at 10:46 p.m. according to Fairfield police.
Investigators believe there may have been two male suspects involved in the shooting, Fairfield Police Chief Leon Davis said. No one is in custody at this time.
Chief Davis said several witnesses have been interviewed, but no one could provide names or descriptions of the suspects.
Police believe Morris was targeted and don’t believe anyone else was in danger. They said his death was not related to him being a student at Miles College.
“We are saddened by the loss of this young life and we will work vigilantly with the Fairfield Police Department to bring the perpetrators to justice as quickly as possible,” Miles College President Dr. George T. French Jr. said in a news release shared with media at an 11 a.m. press conference.
Charles Crockrom Sr, the head of Miles College security, said the school did send out an alert about the shooting to all students and faculty.
“The moment the incident occurred, we did send out information to our faculty, to our staff, and to all of our students. We took additional measures on our campus to make certain that all of our students who are on campus at the time were safe,” Crockrom said.
The school was not placed on lock down, but there was a “heightened security measure” in place which included going dorm to dorm to make sure students were inside, covering all entrances and exits and double searches on people leaving and entering campus, Crockrom said.
“For Miles College it is not a common situation at all. This is very uncommon for us, it’s never happened in our history. We take this extremely serious. We take the safety of our students to be serious, our faculty and our staff,” Crockrom said during the news conference.
The Fairfield Police Department is investigating the shooting with the cooperation of Miles College and the Miles College Police Department, according to the school.
“Miles College is working to maintain a level of confidentiality that preserves the integrity of the investigation,” officials said in a news release.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department at 205-786-4111.
A vigil for Morris will be held on campus at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28.