Nine hospitalised after Ohio State reports active shooter on campus

Police respond to reports of an active shooter on campus at Ohio State University. Photo / AP
Police respond to reports of an active shooter on campus at Ohio State University. Photo / AP

Police lifted a lockdown at Ohio State University where seven people were injured in an apparent shooting, declaring the incident over.

"Shelter in Place lifted. Scene is now secure. ALL classes are canceled on Columbus campus for the remainder of the day," the OSU emergency management services tweeted.


The university earlier tweeted that there was an active shooter on campus and they should "Run Hide Fight."

Cassidie Baker, an Ohio State senior, said she saw police or paramedics helping one person on the ground outside Watts Hall.

"No one really knows what is happening, other than there's an active shooter," she said.


Seven people were sent to the hospital, the Columbus Fire Department said. Two of those people were in stable condition. The department had no information on the other five people.

It was not clear how the seven had been hurt.

Ohio State said about an hour and a half after its initial tweets about an active shooter that a shelter-in-place warning had been lifted and the scene was secure. The university tweeted that all classes would be canceled for the rest of the day.

Emergency services were quick to act on a report of an active shooter at Ohio State University. Photo / AP
Emergency services were quick to act on a report of an active shooter at Ohio State University. Photo / AP

Around 10am, 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.

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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.

Ohio State, the state's public flagship university, has about 58,600 students on its main campus in the capital city of Columbus, just north of the downtown business area and a trendy neighbourhood known as short north. North Campus refers to the north side of campus, where the business school and football stadium are located. Watts Hall houses the Department of Materials and Science Engineering.

Police in Upper Arlington, a Columbus suburb right near the Ohio State campus, said that schools there were being placed on a precautionary lockdown due to the reported active shooter incident.

- AP

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