Ohio State University’s campus watched in horror Monday as students were injured in an attack.
A man purposely drove a vehicle into pedestrians, got out and then started stabbing people, The Columbus Dispatch and other media outlets reported Monday. Police responded quickly. When the suspect refused to put down the knife, a police officer shot and killed the attacker, as reported by The Columbus Dispatch.
In light of the horrific incident, the university released a statement updating the campus on the status of the attack, and what the university knows at this time.
Statement released by Ohio State on today's incident. pic.twitter.com/DZMLl1rbqF
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 28, 2016
In the statement, the university has officially cancelled classes for the day, while promising to hold a media briefing as soon as possible. The statement also said the campus alert for shelter has been lifted, while described victim injuries as “stab wounds” and by “motor vehicle.”
Thankfully, according to the Associated Press, the eight students which were injured in the attack are currently hospitalized and none of the victims have life-threatening.
BREAKING: Hospitals say they are treating 8 patients from Ohio State University attack, none have life-threatening injuries.
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 28, 2016
Ohio State president Michael Drake spoke to the media about the attacks Monday afternoon, saying the attack is “emotionally draining and quite frightening,” while noting it’s something the university prepares for every year.
OHIO STATE SHOOTING: OSU president: An unfortunate situation that "we prepare for every year."
— WHIOTV (@whiotv) November 28, 2016
Drake also gave his praises to the Ohio State and Columbus police forces, which responded to and resolved the frightening situation quickly.
OSU President Dr. Michael Drake: “It’s obviously a tragic situation.” He added that he’s thankful police were so quick to respond
— fox8news (@fox8news) November 28, 2016
Drake also said the investigation is ongoing, and assured the campus he will work with students to assure Ohio State is a “safe place.”
President Drake "will work with students and staff to assure them that OSU is a safe place." pic.twitter.com/2279PjY49q
— Tyler Carter (@TylerCarterNews) November 28, 2016