Eight hurt in Ohio State cam­pus at­tack, alert over

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Eight peo­ple were in­jured when an at­tacker ap­par­ently drove into a crowd at Ohio State Univer­sity yes­ter­day, trig­ger­ing an hours-long lock­down be­fore au­thor­i­ties de­clared the cam­pus se­cure. Law en­force­ment shot and killed one sus­pect, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal tele­vi­sion sta­tion WBNS, which re­ported that po­lice led two peo­ple out in hand­cuffs from a garage they had sur­rounded on the univer­sity’s main cam­pus in Colum­bus.

A wit­ness sug­gested that a sus­pect was driv­ing a red SUV. The in­ci­dent was called an ac­tive shooter sit­u­a­tion, but it was un­clear whether any of the victims had suf­fered firearm in­juries. Some re­ports sug­gested the at­tacker or at­tack­ers used a knife. “Shel­ter in Place lifted. Scene is now se­cure. ALL classes are can­celed on Colum­bus cam­pus for the re­main­der of the day,” the OSU emer­gency man­age­ment ser­vices tweeted as it de­clared the in­ci­dent over.

Tele­vi­sion footage showed stu­dents leav­ing school build­ings as Re­becca Diehm, spokeswoman for the Colum­bus fire de­part­ment, said eight peo­ple had been trans­ported to hospi­tal. One was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, and the rest were sta­ble, she said. OSU Wexner Med­i­cal Cen­ter tweeted that it was treat­ing four victims, none with lifethreat­en­ing in­juries.

‘Ev­ery­body Was Run­ning’

Ear­lier the univer­sity’s emer­gency man­age­ment ser­vice had urged stu­dents and staff to shel­ter in place amid re­ports of an ac­tive shooter, as SWAT teams fanned out across the fa­cil­ity. “Buck­eye Alert: Ac­tive Shooter on cam­pus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and Col­lege,” the ser­vice said in a tweet. A sec­ond tweet mo­ments later told the pub­lic to “Con­tinue to shel­ter in place. Avoid area of Col­lege.” De­tails were murky as the sit­u­a­tion un­folded. One stu­dent told MSNBC she was walk­ing along a road on cam­pus when a car plowed into a group of peo­ple, in­clud­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

An­other stu­dent, Joseph Noll, said he heard a fire alarm, but no shoot­ing - and also said a car had driven into the crowd. “I was right there, and there was no one shot,” he told WBNS. “Some­one DID run over a crowd of peo­ple with their car. I can tell you that for sure.” “I just heard some screams, and I saw peo­ple run­ning,” he said. “And ev­ery­one just fled the scene im­me­di­ately.”

Stu­dent Cyd­ney Ire­land told ABC she was walk­ing out of class when she also heard screams. “And then af­ter that which this is kind of strange - there was a whis­tle al­most like a ref­eree whis­tle. I won­dered if a sports team was prac­tic­ing. That’s kind of an un­usual thing to hear in the aca­demic area,” she said. “Prob­a­bly five sec­onds af­ter that, there were three gun­shots. Ev­ery­body was run­ning in any di­rec­tion they pos­si­bly could, stu­dents were run­ning out of the class­room build­ing,” she said from her hid­ing spot in a locked bath­room. Ohio State is one of the largest uni­ver­si­ties in the United States, with roughly 60,000 stu­dents on the main cam­pus in Colum­bus, which sprawls across more than 1,900 acres. — AFP

COLUM­BUS, Ohio: Law en­force­ment of­fi­cials are seen out­side a park­ing garage on the cam­pus of Ohio State Univer­sity as they re­spond to an ac­tive at­tack yes­ter­day. —AFP

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