Photos From The Ohio State University Shooting Show Terrifying Scenes & Fearful Students
Just prior to 10:00 a.m. local time, the Ohio State University reported an active shooter situation on its campus located in Columbus. Students were advised to "Run Hide Fight" per a campus emergency message sent via Twitter and to students' cell phones via text message. Photos from the Ohio State University Shooting show absolutely chilling, terrifying scenes from across campus, as many students have begun uploading both photos and video to social media sites. According to The Columbus Dispatch, nine people have been transported to hospitals and at least one suspect is dead; conditions for the nine wounded were not immediately available, nor whether or not they were comprised of students or faculty. Information about the shooter or a possible second assailant was not yet released by local authorities.
Update: According to a press conference Monday afternoon, OSU Director of Public Safety Monica Moll confirmed that Monday morning's attack at Ohio State University involved an assailant armed with a knife, who drove their car into a crowd of students gathered outside Watts Hall before exiting the vehicle and slashing at pedestrians with his knife. The suspect was shot and killed by a campus police officer within minutes of the attack occurring.
The active shooter situation was reported in Watts Hall, the Materials Science and Engineering building on the 1,777-acre campus in Columbus, Ohio. As emergency text messages continued to be sent out to students, the message informed students to shelter in place as local and state police, including SWAT teams, responded to the active shooter event on campus. As students tried to gather more information from each other, images and videos from across campus flooded social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. Warning: Some of these images and videos may be disturbing and may contain graphic language.
Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 28, 2016
OSU student Anthony Falzarano posted to Twitter brief clip of law enforcement officers picking up guns and putting up tape around the area. According to his Twitter account, Falzarano was in the building next to Watts Hall — Ramseyer Hall, where the OSU Department of Educational Studies is located. Falzarano tweeted: "Literally in class in Ramseyer, right next to Watts. heard popping and tons of cops and ambulances on the street."
Cops putting up tape, wearing vests and grabbing their guns pic.twitter.com/dVmztKBeq6— Anthony Falzarano (@_falzarano) November 28, 2016
The Lantern, OSU's official student newspaper, also began posting and sharing images from the scene via Twitter, including numerous ambulances lining the street along High and College Streets on campus.
Ambulances line Woodruff Avenue, street is blocked off between High and College pic.twitter.com/oQD7rhjP7y— The Lantern (@TheLantern) November 28, 2016
As the situation continued to unfold, the OSU Office of Emergency Management advised students to shelter in place.
Buckeye Alert: Continue to shelter in place in north campus area. Follow directions of Police on scene.— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 28, 2016
Harrison Roth, a sophomore at OSU, shared a harrowing photo on Twitter of his classroom barricaded by desks and chairs stacked against the door.
I'm safe in a barricaded room. If you're on campus, get in a room and stay safe. pic.twitter.com/Gaw7gjTx6w— Harrison Roth (@goisles29) November 28, 2016
Another OSU student, Matt Gnatowski, live-streamed what he saw of the Ohio State University shooting from his location on campus via Periscope. Warning: graphic language.
OSU officials continued to keep students alerted to the latest developments.
Buckeye Alert: Continue to shelter in place. Wait for Police officers directions. Please contact Police / 9-1-1 only if you have information— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 28, 2016
The Lantern reported the presence of a body bag in front of Koffolt Labs at 10:22 a.m. local time on campus, but did not provide any further details. They also posted a photo of SWAT vans and a bomb squad on campus.
There's at least one body bag present in front of Koffolt Labs. OSU police still advising to take shelter. Situation not under control. pic.twitter.com/fIdvjpwbzD— The Lantern (@TheLantern) November 28, 2016
Police surrounding Lane Avenue garage. Swat vans present. Bomb squad as well. pic.twitter.com/0ITvwaqXAm— The Lantern (@TheLantern) November 28, 2016
At 11:30 a.m. local time, the OSU Police Department lifted the shelter in place order and that the situation was secure. They also said that classes at the Columbus campus would be canceled for the remainder of the day.
UPDATE 1/2 : Shelter in Place lifted. Scene is now secure. ALL classes are canceled on Columbus campus for the remainder of the day.— OSU Police (@OSUPOLICE) November 28, 2016