Seven Hospitalized After Reports Of Attacker At Ohio State; Campus Now Secure
Ohio State University says a shelter-in-place warning has been lifted and the scene is secure following reports of an active shooter and at least seven people injured. Ohio State tweeted Monday morning that all classes would be canceled for the rest of the day. The university warned students in a series of tweets Monday morning that there was an active shooter on campus and that they should run, hide or fight.
The Columbus Fire Department says seven people had been taken to the hospital. It says two of those people were in stable condition. It didn't have details on the other five.
One tweet says: "Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight.Watts Hall. 19th and College.'' Watts Hall is a materials science and engineering building.
UPDATE 11 a.m. Monday:
Hospitals say 8 patients from scene of Ohio State University attack have non-life-threatening injuries. The eight patients were split among OSU Wexner Medical Center, OhioHealth Grant
Medical Center and OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital. Meanwhile, numerous sources, including CNN and CNBC, are reporting the suspect is dead.
A spokesman for the university says injuries included stab wounds and being struck by a vehicle. Ben Johnson said Monday that there were also other injuries that were being evaluated.
Authorities said later that it doesn't appear that the suspect used a gun in the attack.
UPDATE 1 p.m.
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.
Student Martin Schneider says he saw the attack take place Monday morning. He says he saw the attacker hit several people with the car, then emerge swinging the knife.
Schneider says the attacker didn't say anything. He says he heard the car's engine revving before it hit the curb because it was going pretty fast. He says he also heard yells from a frightened crowd.
Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone says an officer who was nearby because of an earlier gas leak shot and killed the attacker.
UPDATE 3 p.m.
A U.S. official has identified the suspect in the Ohio State attack that injured nine people as a man of Somali descent.
The official identified Abdul Razak Ali Artan - an OSU student - as the now-deceased suspect. He was born in Somalia and living in the United States as a legal permanent resident. It was unclear when Artan came to the U.S.