8 injured in Ohio university shooting, shooter gunned down
At least eight persons were injured following an apparent shooting at Ohio State University on Monday, the Columbus Fire Department said shortly after the school sent a series of tweets telling students to take shelter and to “Run Hide Fight”. The Columbus campus is still on lockdown and on alert.
However, the shooter was later shot dead by the police, US media reported. The campus is now reported to be safe.
One person was in a critical condition, CNN reported, citing the Columbus Fire Department. The NBC had earlier reported that two were in stable condition and the conditions of the others was unknown.
The university’s emergency management service urged students and staff to take shelter somewhere.
The Ohio State University sent a series of tweets earlier, warning of an active shooter on campus, telling students to shelter in place and to “Run Hide Fight.’’ “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College,” the Ohio State University emergency management service tweeted.
A second tweet moment later told the public to “Continue to shelter in place. Avoid area of College.”
“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. A Columbus police dispatcher declined to comment on the reports, but police vehicles were seen at the scene.
Ohio State is one of the largest universities in the United States, with roughly 60,000 students on the main campus in Columbus.