Update: OSU suspect identified

Courtesy: CNN
Courtesy: CNN

Update: Police say suspect has been identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan.

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Police confirm the suspect involved in an active shooter situation on the campus of The Ohio State University is now dead. Nine victims are currently being treated.

Columbus fire officials tell NBC4 eight people were transported to local hospitals. Seven of those victims are in stable condition and one victim is in critical condition. A ninth victim is being treated on scene and may or may not be transported to the hospital.

The Associated Press is reporting hospital officials say eight patients they received from the scene of a reported attack at Ohio State University have non-life-threatening injuries.

A spokesman for Ohio State University says injuries in the attack on campus included stab wounds and being struck by a vehicle.

Ben Johnson said Monday that there were also other injuries that were being evaluated.

The eight patients were split among OSU Wexner Medical Center, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Some of the victims were wounded with a large knife, a law enforcement official told NBC News. It was unclear if any of the victims were shot. A student also reported seeing a car plow into a crowd.

The shelter in place was lifted just after 11:30am after police secured the scene. All classes for the rest of the day at Ohio State have been canceled.

The alert was first issued for an active shooter on Ohio State University’s Campus, Monday morning at about 9:56am. The alert said, “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.”

A following alert told students to “continue to shelter in place. Wait for Police officers directions. Please contact Police / 9-1-1 only if you have information.”

LIVE: Camera on campus at OSU 

Heavily armed police, ambulances and SWAT vehicles could be seen on the Columbus campus. The FBI, Ohio State police and Columbus police were assisting university police.

The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center issued the following statement just after 11am Monday morning.

Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our patients, visitors and employees. At this time, we are taking the appropriate steps, including collaborating with local authorities, to understand what has occurred and to manage the situation. At this time, we are treating four victims at OSU Wexner Medical Center, none with life-threatening injuries. As we gather information, we’ll post updates on our Intranet, website and online media room. For patients at OSU Wexner Medical Center, normal operations and appointments will continue as scheduled.

Sophomore Wyatt Crosher said he heard what he thought was gunfire coming from a class building.

“My roommate and I heard about three or four gunshots from across the street, and soon after we heard a bunch of police and ambulances pull up across the street,” the 19-year-old said.

“I was going to class and just all the people were running and I was really nervous I was like oh crap,” said 5th year senior Scott Bedle. “I saw people running cop sirens everything.”

One student told NBC News she was walking down the street when she saw a car plow into a crowd of people who had evacuated an academic building during a fire alarm.

“This car just swerved and ran into a whole group of people,” said Nicole Kreinbrink. “It hit a cop really bad.”

Other students barricaded themselves in classrooms.

“I’m safe in a barricaded room,” Harrison Roth tweeted. “If you’re on campus, get in a room and stay safe.”

 

Facebook activated its safety check feature following news of the campus shooting.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther offered his thoughts and prayers to the victims and students on Twitter. He also released the following statement:

“As the situation at the Ohio State University unfolds, we lift up the victims and the first responders in our thoughts and prayers. We ask for students and university employees to continue to follow instructions of Ohio State authorities.”

Ohio Governor John Kasich weighed in on Twitter saying, “Ohio’s thoughts and prayers go out to the Ohio State community. Be safe, listen to first responders.”

The area around 19th & College Ave. is closed according to OSU police. List of buildings closed and additional information at

Just one year ago, the university posted this training video on YouTube to try and get more people to form a plan for survival in the event of an active shooter situation.

“Three simple words could save lives so remember run, hide, fight,” Ohio State University Police Training Coordinator Adam Tabor said in the video.

Ohio State University’s main campus in Columbus is one of the largest in the United States. The university has more than 65,000 students enrolled across the state.

Students had just returned to campus Monday to get ready for final exams, which begin on December 9.

Watts Hall is the Material Science and Engineering building for the campus.

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