Ohio State University sent a series of messages Monday morning warning of an active shooter on campus, telling students to shelter in place and to “Run Hide Fight.”
Around 10 a.m., Ohio State’s official social media page posted a message from OSU Emergency Management saying there is an active shooter on campus in Columbus on Monday morning.
The post says: “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.” Watts Hall is a materials science and engineering building.
“Run, hide, fight” is standard protocol for active shooter situations. It means: Run, evacuate if possible; Hide, get silently out of view; or Fight, as a last resort, take action to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter if your life is in imminent danger.
Reports say that nine people were shot and wounded and were being transported to the hospital. Eight were said to be in stable condition, with one in critical condition.
The shooter was shot dead by police; he was armed with a gun and a machete. Police say there may be a second shooter still at large.
With nearly 60,000 students at its main Columbus campus, Ohio State is one of the nation’s largest universities.