At least one suspect is dead and 10 people were sent to the hospital after a chaotic attack involving a knife and car took place Monday on the campus of the Ohio State University, officials said.
A Columbus Fire Department official told Fox News that 10 people were transported to the hospital, with one in critical condition.
Ohio State University said in a statement the the injuries included stab wounds, and being struck by a vehicle. There were also other injuries that were being evaluated.
Law enforcement sources told The Columbus Dispatch that a car initially rammed Watts Hall, the location of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, about 9:40 a.m., and at least two people got out of the car.
One person had a gun, while the second appeared to have a large knife, according to the Dispatch.
Jerry Kovacich, a third-year in welding engineering, told the school’s newspaper, The Lantern, that he witnessed a man in a car try to drive into a crowd of people after a fire alarm went off. After the car crashed, Kovacich told the newspaper he witnessed the man then attack bystanders with a knife.
“I didn’t see anything with the shooter, what happened was it was outside of MacQuigg Lab,” Kovacich told The Lantern. “The guy ended up just coming and hopping the curb with his car and trying to mow down a couple people. He lost control, and I think he ended up hitting three people, and then people were around the car. Somebody asked him if he was OK and the guy just hopped out of the car with a butcher knife and starting chasing people around.”
There continues to be a massive law enforcement presense on campus, including a SWAT team and officers with long guns. Police also blocked off roads around the perimeter of the campus, clogging area traffic.
The school initially sent out a campuswide alert at 9:56 a.m. local time which read, “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.”