WSSU Football Player Dies After Being Shot at Event On Wake Forest University Campus

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police say Najee Ali Baker, a student and football player at Winston-Salem State University, was shot during a party on the campus of Wake Forest University. Officials say Baker died from his injuries at a nearby hospital. 

It happened at approximately 1 a.m. Saturday morning. Winston-Salem Police responded to an altercation at a venue known as The Barn on Wake Forest University’s campus. Police say Baker was shot during the incident.

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, and believe the shooting was an isolated incident. 

Winston-Salem State University is providing counseling services from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Gleason Hairston Terrace Courtyard Lounge and noon-1 p.m. at the Bowman Gray House Hospitality Room. 

Baker 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.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Winston-Salem Police at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

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