Active Shooter Reported On Ohio State Campus
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ohio State community this morning after an active shooter was reported on campus. Students were asked to take shelter and stay away from campus, with alert messages beginning just prior to 10 am Monday.
It eventually was revealed the the attacker actually was wielding a knife, not a gun.
Update: According to CNN reports at least ten people were hospitalized, with nine stable and one in critical condition, while the alleged attacker has been reported as dead.
Police report that the scene is now stable, however classes are canceled at the University.
The university released a statement after the attack.
“A suspect has been shot and reported deceased,” the university said. “Victim injuries include stab wounds, injury by motor vehicle and other injuries that are being evaluated.”
A federal law enforcement official said it’s possible that the gunshots heard were those of police attempting the stop the attack. The suspect is believed to have used a car at the beginning of the attack, according to investigators. The entire ordeal took place outdoors.
OSU student Jacob Bower, 20, said he saw a man pull a knife outside between the Koffolt Laboratories and Watts Hall.
“He pulled a large knife and started chasing people around, trying to attack them,” Bower told CNN. He said it appeared to be a large kitchen knife.
“Luckily there were so many people, he couldn’t focus on one target. I didn’t see anyone get stabbed, but I saw the police officer take down the stabber. He waited till everyone was clear, and the stabber clearly wasn’t stopping. (It) took three shots to take him down. (The) stabber had a crazy look in his eyes.”
Bower told CNN: “He was completely silent. Which was very creepy. Not even when he was shot (by police).”
“The cop that subdued the guy with the knife saved so many lives today.”
We’re glad to hear police were able to prevent any further injuries.