10 People Injured, Suspect Killed in Shooting at Ohio State University; Officials say Shooting Appears to be Terror Attack

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At least 10 people were stabbed, hit by a vehicle or otherwise injured in an attack Monday morning on the Ohio State University campus, and a suspect was shot and killed, school and law enforcement officials said.

Officials said a male suspect drove over the curb and struck pedestrians on campus. He then begun attacking people with a butcher knife. A campus police officer shot and killed the suspect. Police did not immediately release details on a possible motive but said “this was done on purpose.”

Officials said there were rumors of a second suspect, but after a search, no one was found.

Ten people were taken to hospitals, one in critical condition, according to the Columbus Fire Department. Hospital officials told The Associated Press that eight patients were split among OSU Wexner Medical Center, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and Ohio Health Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Ohio State said in a statement Monday afternoon that “victim injuries include stab wounds, injury by motor vehicle and other injuries that are being evaluated.” A law enforcement official told NBC News that none of the victims had gunshot wounds.

Ohio State said at 11:30 a.m. ET that all classes would be canceled for the rest of the day. It added 20 minutes later that “law enforcement will continue to have a visible presence on campus.”

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.”

“All these people were running and screaming and yelling,” she added.

Stephen Yunker, an 18-year-old freshman at Ohio State University told MSNBC he was in his residence hall getting ready to go to class when he heard six to seven gunshots ring out. Yunker said he and his roommates soon heard sirens.

“We saw fire trucks, couple cars, and a body laying on the ground,” Yunker said.

He added that many students are shaken up and “are texting family members and friends” while the building is on lockdown.

“Run Hide Fight,” advised the first “active shooter” alert posted on the website of the school’s Department of Public Safety just before 10 a.m. ET. It said the shooter was at Watts Hall on College Road.

Follow-up tweets urged those on campus to “Continue to shelter in place,” avoid the area of the college and to follow directions from law enforcement on the scene.

Lisa Goldstein, a 26-year-old studying atmospheric sciences, told NBC News she was in class at Stillman Hall when everyone received a text alert.

The group of 100 wasn’t directly near what happened, but some students blocked their door with book bags, she said. Others stayed in their seats and watched social media and live streams to find out what was happening.

“It’s a little overwhelming and scary. Its not something you think would happen on our campus,” she said.

FBI Cincinnati tweeted that “FBI, @ColumbusPolice and others assisting @OSUPOLICE who are leading this active shooter response. Continue to monitor for updates.”

The university’s student newspaper, The Lantern, tweeted a photo from the scene with police cars, fire trucks and ambulances lining the street near the location where the active shooter was reported.

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

Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that the Donald Trump transition team continues to monitor the reports out of Ohio State and will ensure that the president-elect and Vice President-elect Mike Pence are being updated.

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

SOURCE: NBC