Nine people were taken to the hospital, one in critical condition, after Ohio State University reported an active shooter on campus Monday morning. University officials issued an emergency alert advising people to shelter in place and avoid a certain area of campus.
Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.
— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 28, 2016
The Columbus Fire Division said it took nine people to the hospital Monday morning. Seven of these people were in stable condition, while the eighth person’s condition was not known, according to Rebecca Diehm, a fire division spokeswoman.
It was not immediately clear if any of those people were shot or what injuries they sustained, Diehm said.
Shortly after 11 a.m., university officials lifted the shelter-in-place directive and canceled all classes on the Columbus campus Monday. In the announcement, university officials said that “law enforcement will continue to have a visible presence on campus.” The campus will remain open, but 14 buildings were closed until further notice.
University police said at about 11:30 a.m. that the scene was “now secure,” but said they would keep an area on the campus closed.
Benjamin Johnson, Ohio State’s director of media relations, said shortly after 10 a.m. that he was seeking to release more information soon on the incident.
The FBI is on scene assisting local police in Columbus. Todd Lindgren, a spokesman for the FBI Field Office in Cincinnati, said Ohio State University police are the lead agency. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Monday it was sending agents from its Columbus division to the Ohio State campus, and Columbus police officers also said they were assisting the university police.
Daniel Glauser, a senior from Cincinnati, said by phone he was in a break room Monday morning when everyone in the room got the same alert simultaneously. “We’ve been told there’s been a confirmed shooting in the north campus area, and we’re sheltering in place,” he said. Because the room is secured and only certain people have access to it through their ID cards, he said he felt safe.