Somali Man One Of Two Suspects In Ohio State University Attack, At Least Eight Injured [Updated]

Update 1:50 p.m. ET: CBS News is reporting that a 20-year-old Somali man is the suspect in the attack. CNBC is reporting that a second man was involved and that the two carried out their plan using only a car and a knife.

Update 12:40 p.m. ET: ABC News‘ Denver affiliate is reporting that eight people were injured in the Ohio State University shootings that began just before 10 a.m. ET this morning and were centered around the school’s engineering faculty and Watts Hall.

The Globe and Mail puts the injured count as high as 10.

ABC states that one suspect is dead and that the question of whether they had accomplices is still unclear. Two males, one white and one black, were reported to be seen being escorted from a garage on the campus in handcuffs.

Each victim of the incident is said to be suffering from non-life-threatening injuries and recovering in hospital.

A shelter-in-place order issued by Ohio State University Emergency Management was lifted at about 11:30 a.m.

One faculty member inside Watts Hall was said to have received a stab or a slash with a machete, while others were targeted with a car.

A speech by Ohio Governor John Kasich had been planned nearby the site of the attack for later in the day. The governor’s speech has now been cancelled.

All classes at the university are said to be cancelled for the day.

At one point during the attack, a fire alarm was said to have activated, causing a number of students to gather outside, at which point one of the suspects attempted to “mow down” the group with a car, described by one witness as a Honda Civic.

Jason Bower, a student with the university, stated that he saw a man pull out a knife “between the Koffolt Laboratories and Watts Hall.”

“He pulled a large knife and started chasing people around, trying to attack them,” the student was quoted.

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No law enforcement officers, which were said to include federal agents, were reported to have been injured in the incident.

One federal agent was quoted by CNN that the gunshots heard by students and other witnesses on the campus may have been those of officers working to put a stop to the attack.

Update 11:35 a.m. ET: NPR is reporting at least nine casualties as a result of the Ohio State shooter or shooters. The ABC live stream has included reports that the shootings may be the work of terrorists.

Original article: CNN is reporting on an “active” shooter on the Columbus campus of Ohio State University. The network is advising people “to shelter in place and avoid the area” near the university.

One person has reportedly received medical attention; it is unclear what the extent of the injuries are and if there are others injured.

NBC is reporting that an alert that there was an active shooter on the campus was given at 9:56 a.m. ET. by campus police.

“Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College,” the text of the alert issued by Ohio State University Police was quoted as saying.

Avoiding the area of “College Road north” near the Ohio State University campus is recommended.

A student with Ohio State who heard the gunfire spoke with CNN.

“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,” 19-year-old witness Wyatt Crosher was quoted. “We can’t see the building where the shooting happened because of a dorm blocking our view. It truly sounded like gunshots, and really soon after we heard a bunch of sirens. We can see the police cars from our dorm.”

Breaking News Feed is reporting on “two” suspects and that the situation is ongoing, with one suspect still at large. The organization is reporting that there have been four casualties.

Ohio State University is located in Columbus, Ohio, and was reported to have a total enrollment of 65,184 in 2015 with an acceptance rate of 53 percent. ABC describes Ohio State as one of the “nation’s largest universities.”

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