A suspect was shot dead by police after he allegedly plowed into pedestrians with a car and then stabbed multiple people with a butcher’s knife at the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio, this morning, the university said.
At least nine people were transported to local hospitals, on Monday morning after a shooting was reported on the campus of Ohio State University, according to officials at the Columbus Division of Fire. Campus authorities urged students to take shelter and “Run Hide Fight,” via Twitter as police fought to secure the scene.
Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.
— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 28, 2016
The incident happened at 9:52 a.m. when the suspect struck pedestrians with a car, officials said at a news conference. According to officials, the suspect then exited the car and used a butcher knife to cut multiple people, before an officer shot and killed the suspect. It is also reported that law enforcement deployed heavily armed SWAT teams in the stairwell of a nearby parking garage before two people were taken away in handcuffs.
OSU said in a statement to ABC News that the “injuries include stab wounds, injury by motor vehicle and other injuries that are being evaluated.” The university added that “facts are still being verified.” The university’s instructions — “Run Hide Fight” — stem from a public awareness campaign that is used in cities, universities and even by the Department of Homeland Security, which includes those instructions on its “active shooter preparedness” webpage. The Ohio State University includes it in its own page on active shooting situations.
Fire department officials reported that ten people had been transported to nearby hospitals, including one in critical condition, but did not say if any were being treated for gunshot wounds. Officials at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center said four of the wounded were being treated there, none of whom had life-threatening injuries.
At 11:32 a.m., the campus emergency alert system texted: “Shelter in Place lifted. The Scene has since been reported as secure with ALL classes are canceled on Columbus campus for the remainder of the day.”The F.B.I., through its office in Cincinnati, said it was “assisting” the campus police. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also said agents from its Columbus office were responding to the shooting.
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