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Ohio State University Attack: What We Know So Far


It has been determined that the attack did not involve a gun, but rather a butcher knife and a van. The suspect, Abdul Artan, was killed by police. Artan was a permanent resident from Somalia who was studying in the United States. There is currently an investigation ongoing as to whether this was an act of terrorism.

An active shooter has opened fire on Ohio State University around 10am this morning.

The university's emergency management department tweeted out their emergency protocol this morning. It read, "Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College."

"Run Hide Fight" means run if you can, hide if you can't, fight if it is a last resort and your life is in imminent danger.

At 11: 30am, the university tweeted again that the scene was secure. All classes have been cancelled on campus.

There have been varying reports as to how many victims there are, but it is believed to be between 7 and 9. Four people are listed as non-life threatening, while two others are in critical condition. A law enforcement official says some of those injuries were attacked with a large knife. There are also reports of a van plowing into a crowd of students who had evacuated an academic building on campus.

"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."

As of 11am, there were conflicting reports as to how many shooters there were. CBS News has confirmed that two suspects are in custody while one other has been shot dead, presumably by police. It is still unclear how many people were involved in the shooting. Investigations are still on going.

Facebook has activated its 'safety check' feature, which notifies people in the surrounding area to check in and confirm if they are safe. Their Facebook friends are notified of the response.

There has been no official account of what happened from police as of yet.

We will be updating this post as more information becomes known to us. Please stay tuned, and keep Ohio State University in your prayers.

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