Columbus: A suspect is dead and at least nine injured about an hour after an active shooter situation was reported at Ohio State University.
Just before 10am, the university issued a warning telling students at the school’s Columbus campus to shelter in place.
The first reports of gunshots came from Watts Hall, which is home to the school’s Materials Science and Engineering program.
Since then though, the focus of law enforcement presence on the campus has been on a nearby parking garage, where the shooter or shooters are believed to be hiding.
Police stormed the garage just before 11am and minutes later they confirmed that one suspect was dead. Two men, one black and one white, were also brought out of the building in handcuffs.
It’s unclear if there are more suspects and the campus remains on lock down. So far, at least nine people have been transported to the hospital. One is in critical condition and the rest are in stable condition.
Students were instructed to ‘run, hide and fight’ in a tweet posted by the school’s office of emergency management.
‘Run, hide, fight’ is standard protocol for active shooter situations. It means: Run, evacuate if possible; Hide, get silently out of view; or Fight, as a last resort, take action to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter if your life is in imminent danger.
A high-ranking faculty member who spoke to said that one of his colleagues was in Watts Hall at the time and was slashed in the leg with a machete.
Another student told the station that his girlfriend was in the building when gunshots rang out, and that she sought shelter in a bathroom.
There was also a report that several students were hit by a car outside the building, which may or may not have been driven by the shooter.
Armed SWAT teams are on the scene, and they were seen entering the parking garage just before 11am.