Tragedy reportedly struck the campus of the Ohio State University on Monday morning. According to the latest reports, there's an active shooter on the university's main campus in Columbus, Ohio, and many are wondering who the Ohio State shooting victims are. According to The Washington Post, nine people have been hospitalized at the time of writing, although at this time none of the victims' names have been made public.
Update: According to the latest reports, eight people remain hospitalized with one suspect confirmed dead. At least one of the hospitalized is listed as in critical condition, according to ABC News. Ohio State University released a statement that "Victim injuries include stab wounds, injury by motor vehicle and other injuries that are being evaluated." It also noted that law enforcement authorities "continue to respond to a public safety incident."
The Columbus Department of Public Safety did announce that one suspect is dead and that a search continues "for possible other suspects," according to a tweet from ABC News. The names of the dead suspect or of any other potential suspects have not been released.
The Columbus Fire Department told reporters that one of the hospitalized is in critical condition, according to CNN, though The Columbus Dispatch reported that none of the hospitalized have life-threatening injuries. According to the Dispatch, the victims were sent to three area hospitals: four to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, three to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, and two to OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital.
The latest reports indicate possibly the use of multiple weapons, but those details have not been confirmed by officials. WHIO, Dayton's CBS affiliate, reported that witnesses described seeing a car drive up onto the sidewalk, hitting students and the building, and that the driver then exited the car with a knife. The Associated Press reported that one educator was "stabbed or slashed by a machete," according to a witness inside the university's science and engineering building, Watts Hall, who spoke to the agency. Witnesses told Columbus CBS affiliate WBNS that there appeared to be two attackers, "one with a gun, the other with a knife."
The OSU Emergency Management team tweeted out an emergency alert Monday morning, warning students of an "active shooter on campus" and advising students to "run hide fight." At about 11:30 a.m. EST, the OSU emergency team lifted its shelter-in-place order, telling students "the scene is now secure." The university has cancelled classes for the remainder of the day, and Facebook activated its safety check-in feature for users in the area, enabling them to notify friends and family that they're safe.
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