“Run Hide Fight.” That was the tweet this morning as emergency officials at Ohio State University warned students to seek shelter from what initially was believed to be a gunman. Early reports said as many as 10 people had been taken to the hospital, with one suspect reportedly killed.
The tweet went out at 9:56 a.m. The 60,000-student campus was on lockdown shortly after the incident was reported near Watts Hall on campus. The suspect reportedly crashed into pedestrians, then left the car with a knife and began slashing students. Police and federal authorities were still investigating throughout the day.
Students had just returned to campus after the Thanksgiving break. Classes were canceled for the remainder of Monday.
Earlier this year, a student at UCLA shot and killed a professor and himself. That June 1 incident is the only multiple shooting event on a U.S. college campus during 2016. Eight states – Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin, and, most recently, Texas – have campus carry laws allowing people to carry guns in campus buildings.