Editor's note: The attacker has now been identified as 18-year-old student Abdul Razak Ali Artan. Artan rammed his vehicle into a group of people and then proceeded to cut victims with a butcher knife.
"Victim injuries include stab wounds, injury by motor vehicle and other injuries that are being evaluated," reported the University.
Reports now say that the active shooter at the main campus of Ohio State University is dead. The disturbing event that transpired this morning has shaken up the Columbus community and our nation. Though some reports are conflicting as the story unfolds, authorities report that 10 people have been taken to area hospitals and one is in critical condition.
The Columbus Dispatch reports, “At 11:30 a.m., the university said the scene is secure and that all classes are canceled on campus. The shelter-in-place order was lifted at 11:14 a.m., but more than a dozen buildings remain closed.”
Through the morning, officials urged people to avoid the Watts Hall area, which is the campus’ materials science and engineering building, and to continue to take shelter. The OSU Emergency Management sent out a tweet this morning at 9:56 am: “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.”
Campus police also tweeted the alert along with, “Continue to shelter in place. Avoid area of College.”
Students reported hearing gunfire on the campus, followed by sirens, as police officers, fire trucks, and ambulances filled the area. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also on the ground, according to spokesman Dave Coulson.
Another student said she never heard gunshots but saw a car plow into a crowd of people who had evacuated during an alarm. "This car just swerved and ran into a whole group of people," said Nicole Kreinbrink. "It hit a cop really bad."
"All these people were running and screaming and yelling," she added.
According to a report by Fox News, “the FBI Columbus Field Office SWAT team has been activated, and is deploying to the campus to assist local authorities with the reported active shooting.”
Earlier, the school newspaper, The Lantern, indicated in a tweet that someone was down: "There's at least one body bag present in front of Koffolt Labs," read the tweet. "OSU police still advising to take shelter. Situation not under control."
“A police officer on scene later told The Lantern that a possible shooter is believed to be inside the Lane Avenue Parking garage on campus. The school paper also tweeted that there may be a second assailant.”
With more than 65,000 students enrolled across the state, Ohio State University in Columbus is one of the largest campuses in the United States.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich tweeted that the state's "thoughts and prayers go out to the Ohio State community. Be safe, listen to first responders."
Please join us in praying for those students and families who have been affected by this morning’s events, and for healing and peace for all.
This report is ongoing, please check back for additional updates.
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Publication date: November 28, 2016