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Ohio State University shootings: 8 people injured; one suspect is dead, police say

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Posted at 10:28 AM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 14:35:14-05

Multiple people have been injured in an active shooting situation at The Ohio State University.

THE LATEST:

  • At least eight people were injured and most taken to area hospitals
  • One victim is in critical condition
  • Police said one suspect is dead
  • Two people were taken out of a parking garage in handcuffs, one a white male, the other a black male, according to media on the scene
  • Shootings began around 10 a.m. EST at Watts Hall, and engineering building
  • Ohio Governor John Kasich was expected to be at a nearby hospital and that event is postponed
  • Columbus police have set up command post
  • Most activity occurred on 19th Avenue
  • Federal agents were on scene
  • No police officers were shot
  • One educator inside Watts Hall was stabbed or slashed by a machete, according to witnesses

EARLIER STORY:

Eight people were sent to the hospital Monday morning after an active shooter was reported on campus, the Columbus Fire Department said shortly after the school sent a series of tweets telling students to shelter in place and to "Run Hide Fight."

Two of those people are in stable condition, the department said. It had no information on the other people.

Around 10 a.m., the university's emergency management department tweeted "Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College." Watts Hall is a materials science and engineering building.

"Run, hide, fight" is standard protocol for active shooter situations. It means: Run, evacuate if possible; hide, get silently out of view; or fight, as a last resort, take action to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter if your life is in imminent danger.

The university followed up with another tweet: "Continue to shelter in place in north campus area. Follow directions of Police on scene." The university asked for anyone with information to call police.

Many police vehicles were at the scene. No other information was immediately available.

With nearly 60,000 students at its main Columbus campus, Ohio State is one of the nation's largest universities.