At least 10 people have been hospitalized after being injured in an attack Monday on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
Despite initial reports from multiple news outlets that the incident was a shooting, law enforcement officials said the attacker used a knife and a vehicle, not a gun.
The suspect, reportedly a Somali student, was confirmed dead.
One of those hospitalized is in critical condition while the other nine are in stable condition, according to Columbus Fire spokeswoman Rebecca Diehm.
An alert was issued Monday morning by the OSU Emergency Management team that there was an active shooter on campus.
Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.
— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 28, 2016
Reports indicated that the attacker plowed a car into a crowd that had gathered after a fire alarm had gone off.
Students not aware that the incident was intentional came up to the vehicle to check on the driver and the people who were struck.
However, the driver quickly exited the car with a butcher knife and began chasing and stabbing people, cutting several in the process.
An officer quickly arrived on the scene and engaged with the attacker. The assailant refused to cooperate and was shot.
The university released a statement soon afterward.
“A suspect has been shot and reported deceased,” the university said. “Victim injuries include stab wounds, injury by motor vehicle and other injuries that are being evaluated.”
The attacker’s name has not been released, but multiple sources reported that he was an Ohio State student, 18 or 20 years old, as well as a Somali refugee who was a legal permanent resident of the United States.
Columbus Police Chief Kimberley Jacobs said officials will be investigating to determine whether terrorism was behind the attack.
“We have to consider that that’s a possibility,” Jacobs said.
Many students across the campus used chairs to barricade themselves in classrooms after the campus alerts.
I’m safe in a barricaded room. If you’re on campus, get in a room and stay safe. pic.twitter.com/Gaw7gjTx6w
— Harrison Roth (@goisles29) November 28, 2016
— Mackenzie Bart (@mackvbart) November 28, 2016
Ohio Gov. John Kasich said in a statement that his “thoughts are with the victims of this attack right now and I pray for their safety and recovery.”
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