COLUMBUS (WDTN/WCMH) – Eleven people are expected to survive after all of them were attacked by a man on The Ohio State University’s campus Monday.
The breakdown of the call is as follows:
- 9:52 a.m. Police received a report of a person driving on a sidewalk striking pedestrians and stabbing people with a butcher knife
- 9:53 a.m. The suspect is confronted by OSU police, shot and is killed
- 9:55 a.m. The first campus-wide alert went out to all subscribers. Cops from all over the area join campus police along with FBI
Ninety minutes, several buildings were released. Alan Horujko — 28 yo. Jan. 2015 — is OSU grad
The officer who shot and killed the suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Alan Horujko who was hired on to the force in Jan. 2015.
Ohio Governor John Kasich was present for the university’s 4 p.m. press conference at the Wexner Medical Center and thanked first responders for their actions.
University officials said some victims underwent surgery and some had been released from hospitals the same day of the attack. Victims were taken to Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, all in Columbus.
Officials confirmed that Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, an Ohio State student, a Somali refugee who was a legal permanent resident of the United States.
The shelter in place was lifted just after 11:30 a.m. after police secured the scene. All classes for the rest of the day at Ohio State have been canceled.
The alert was first issued for an active shooter on Ohio State University’s Campus, Monday morning at about 9:56am. The alert said, “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.”
Robin Chenowith, an employee at the School of Education says while lots of information is still swirling around, she does know that students have been released from their classrooms or buildings.
She said some students were wandering near the active scene, seemingly unaware of the potential threat in the area. Chenowith said multiple units of ambulances and SWAT teams swarmed the area shortly after the attacks were reported.
The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center issued the following statement just after 11am Monday morning.
An incident occurred today at The Ohio State University involving an assailant. Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our patients, visitors and employees. At this time, we are taking the appropriate steps, including collaborating with local authorities, to understand what has occurred and to manage the situation. As we gather information, we’ll post updates on our Intranet, website and online media room. For patients at OSU Wexner Medical Center, normal operations and appointments will continue as scheduled.
Sophomore Wyatt Crosher said he heard what he thought was gunfire coming from a class building.
“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,” the 19-year-old said.
“I was going to class and just all the people were running and I was really nervous I was like oh crap,” said 5th year senior Scott Bedle. “I saw people running cop sirens everything.”
Ohio Governor John Kasich weighed in on Twitter saying, “Ohio’s thoughts and prayers go out to the Ohio State community. Be safe, listen to first responders.”
Facebook activated its safety check feature following news of the campus shooting.
Watts Hall is the Material Science and Engineering building for campus.