UPDATE: Suspect Dead, Eleven Injured in Attack on Ohio State Campus
A witness to an attack at Ohio State University says he initially thought a car had driven over a curb into pedestrians accidentally but realized it was intentional when a man emerged with a butcher knife.
Authorities say eleven people were injured.
Eight of the victims are in stable condition and one victim is in critical condition after the attack.
Two of the victims were stabbed, four people were hurt by a car and two others were treated for lacerations.
An officer who was nearby because of an earlier gas leak shot and killed the male suspect.
He is identified as 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a student at the school.
“It’s not real, you go numb,” said witness Rachel Lemaster. “It’s not supposed to happen, sorry. Um, so yeah, it’s scary it was really scary. We barricaded ourselves in our rooms like we were taught, turned off our lights, and just hunkered down.”
“Seems like it’s happening more and more often across the country, and it hits a lot harder when it’s at your own school,” said another witness. “It’s really heartbreaking and sad and frustrating you know?”
The university had sent out a series of tweets around 10 a.m. saying there was an active shooter on campus.
But it doesn’t appear that the suspect used a gun in the attack.
Students at Ohio State University have been warned that there’s an active shooter on campus.
Ohio State says shelter-in-place warning is lifted and scene is secure after active shooter report, injuries.
CNN is reporting: A suspect is dead following an active shooter report Monday morning on Ohio State University’s campus, a federal law enforcement official said.
The official stressed this is early in the investigation and the sweep of campus continues.
The advice from university officials is “Run Hide Fight.”
That’s standard protocol for an active shooter situation — it means flee and take shelter if you can, but try to disrupt the shooter if your life is in imminent danger.
The university in Columbus followed up with another tweet that said: “Continue to shelter in place in north campus area.”
Fire officials say seven people have been sent to the hospital.
With nearly 60,000 students at its main campus, Ohio State is one of the nation’s largest universities.