An active shooter was reported to be on the campus of Ohio State University on Monday morning. "Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College," tweeted the school's emergency management account. Students described hearing gunshots and police orders telling them to hide and seek protection.
The Washington Post reported that eight people were transported to the hospital with injuries — two described as being in "stable condition," while one was said to be in critical condition. Some media outlets reported injuries from gunshots and stabbings.
WSYX, the ABC affiliate for Columbus, Ohio, confirmed one suspect was shot and killed by police.
Students around campus shared videos and pictures of scenes around the school through social media. One student, Harrison Roth, shared an image of chairs and desks barricaded in front of a classroom door. "I'm safe in a barricaded room," he tweeted. "If you're on campus, get in a room and stay safe."
In a phone call with ABC News, student Cydney Ireland described the experience of how the event unfolded.
We got to an open area, and the first thing I heard were 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 like the academic area. ... probably five seconds after that there were three gunshots, and it sounded like a handgun, and I've never seen anything like it. Everybody was running in any direction they possibly could. Students were running out of the classroom building, and I ran into a bathroom, luckily it was just a single stall, I was able to lock myself in there. But we are getting updates from the university that say just stay in place until the shooters are located and then from there I'll know when I'm able to leave.
At 11:30 a.m. EST, the OSU emergency management Twitter account alerted students that the scene was clear. "Shelter in Place lifted. Scene is now secure. ALL classes are canceled on Columbus campus for the remainder of the day." In a followup message, the account informed students that the campus would remain open, save for a specific list of buildings.
The suspect's motives are currently unknown.