November 28, 2016 At least nine people were injured in a knife attack on the campus of Ohio State University (OSU)in Columbus, Ohio on Monday morning. Law enforcement officials have confirmed that one suspect, believed to be the lone attacker is dead. None of the reported injuries are believed to be life threatening. The FBI and ATF are on the scene of the attack assisting Columbus Police, Ohio State police and deputies with the Franklin County sheriff’s deputies and OSU campus police in the investigation.
According to the Columbus Fire Department, at least nine people have been transported to local hospitals after an active shooter was reported on the Ohio State University campus Monday morning. OSU Campus Police sent out an alert to students at 9:56 a.m. warning of an active shooter situation at Watts Hall, located at 19th and College and instructing OSU students to shelter in place. Law enforcement officials are now saying the weapon was not a gun but a large knife, possibly a machete. The shelter in place has since been lifted, however, all of Monday’s classes have been cancelled. Prior to the incident on campus, a vehicle crashed into a building on campus. There are conflicting reports about if a gun was used in the OSU attack. A Columbus news station, WBNS is reporting that police said one person in the vehicle had a knife and another suspect had a gun.
Police have not established a motive for Monday’s attack. Witnesses said the deranged man said nothing during the vicious attack. In a similar attack in February, 2016, Columbus police shot a machete wielding man at Nazareth Restaurant and Deli after responding to reports of a man inside the restaurant attacking people with a machete. Four people were injured in the attack.
Check back for updates as details in the Ohio State University attack are made available.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."