One suspect is dead and at least seven people have been hospitalized after a report of an active shooter on the Ohio State University campus Monday, according to officials and local reports.
The school tweeted at 9:56 a.m. that there is an active shooter on the Columbus campus.
“Run Hide Fight,” the school wrote in a tweet. The school said the apparent incident happened near Watts Hall, a science and engineering building.
OSU Police tweeted the same alert, and wrote in another tweet, “Continue to shelter in place. Avoid area of College.”
The school and police have not confirmed a shooting or any injuries. Campus police announced at 11:30 a.m. that the lockdown had been lifted.
But the Columbus Fire Department said seven people were taken to a hospital after the incident. Two are in stable condition; the condition of the others is unknown.
OSU freshman Matt Gnatowski said he was in a dining hall when he saw people running outside.
“My mind immediately said, ‘There’s a shooter,'” he told the Daily News.
“So after the campus police tweeted that there was in fact an active shooter I began to freak out.”
He said he and several hundred other students holed up in the dining hall while watching a massive police response nearby. He saw one body on the ground covered in a sheet.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich said in a statement, “Ohio’s thoughts and prayers go out to the Ohio State community. Be safe, listen to first responders.”
OSU’s Columbus campus has nearly 60,000 students enrolled.
This is a developing story.