COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Police confirm the suspect involved in an active shooter situation on the campus of The Ohio State University is now dead. Nine victims are currently being treated.
The scene was declared secure at 11:35 a.m. Shelter in place has been lifted.
Columbus fire officials tell WCMH that eight people were transported to local hospitals. Seven of those victims are in stable condition and one victim is in critical condition. A ninth victim is being treated on scene and may or may not be transported to the hospital.
OSU president Michael Drake says the suspect drove a car into a group of people, got out and began to cut them with a butcher knife. A police officer arrived within a minute of the attack and shot and killed the attacker.
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 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.
The official wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss details of the ongoing case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
A second law enforcement official confirmed that authorities believe the suspect’s name is Abdul Artan. That official also wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss details of the ongoing case and spoke on condition of anonymity.
“This was done on purpose,” Stone said.
Victims were hospitalized with injuries including stab wounds, injury by motor vehicle and other injuries that are being evaluated.
Campus remains open during the continued investigation, although classes have been canceled for the remainder of the day.
Ohio State University Police sent the alert at about 9:56am.
Police are telling people to shelter in place and avoid the area of College Road north. At least one person was transported to a local hospital.
Watts Hall is the Material Science and Engineering building for campus.
The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center issued the following statement just after 11am Monday morning.
An incident occurred today at The Ohio State University involving an assailant. Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our patients, visitors and employees. At this time, we are taking the appropriate steps, including collaborating with local authorities, to understand what has occurred and to manage the situation. As we gather information, we’ll post updates on our Intranet, website and online media room. For patients at OSU Wexner Medical Center, normal operations and appointments will continue as scheduled.
Ohio Governor John Kasich weighed in on Twitter saying, “Ohio’s thoughts and prayers go out to the Ohio State community. Be safe, listen to first responders.”
Facebook activated its safety check feature following news of the campus shooting.
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