At least ten people have been hospitalized after an active shooter struck Ohio State University in the early morning of Nov. 28. Students are being urged to take shelter as the shooter remains at large.
UPDATE: The shelter-in-place order was lifted at Ohio State around 11:30 a.m. and police confirmed to local media outlets that one suspect is dead.
Police, FBI and more first responders are on the scene at Ohio State University after a shooter opened fire on campus the Monday after Thanksgiving break. At least ten people were transported to the hospital with injuries, one being critical, a spokesperson for the Columbus Fire Department tells CNN. The exact nature of the injuries cannot be confirmed, and the eight victims were taken to various hospitals in the area.
Statement from the University: “Ohio State University Police and local law enforcement continue to respond to a public safety incident on Ohio State’s campus. A suspect has been shot and reported deceased. Victim injuries include stab wounds, injury by motor vehicle and other injuries that are being evaluated. At the recommendation of law enforcement, campus alerts for shelter in place have been lifted. Campus remains open during the continued investigation, although classes have been canceled for the remainder of the day. Facts are still being verified. We will hold a media briefing as soon as we are able. The university will continue to share information through Buckeye Alert and emergency.osu.edu. Our top priority remains the safety and security of our campus community. Our thoughts and prayers are with those injured and their families.”
The school’s emergency management & fire prevention staff first tweeted news of an active shooter at 9:56 a.m. local time, urging students to “Run. Hide. Fight” and take shelter as officials tried to track the suspect down near the science and engineering building. Details regarding the shooter’s identity have not been revealed.
A police officer on the scene revealed to Ohio State’s newspaper, The Lantern, that a possible suspect was located inside a parking garage on Lane Ave., and students specifically on the north part of campus were alerted to stay inside and find shelter.
“Buckeye Alert!” the school’s Department of Public Safety wrote on its website. “Emergency on Columbus campus: More info soon. Shelter in place / be observant / take action as needed.” Meanwhile, all traffic is being directed away from the college campus.
Twitter photos showed students barricading themselves in classrooms as police continued to surround the area, trying to track down the assailant. “The officers are putting on Kevlar vests and have big weapons,” one student confirmed to CNN. “There’s just so many cops here.”
We will continue to update you with any new updates on this tragic shooting.