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Attacker Crashes Car At OSU Then Stabs Students

| by Sarah Zimmerman

An armed suspect has been shot by police after reportedly mowing down pedestrians with his car and stabbing multiple people with a butcher's knife at Ohio State University.

Nine people were injured early on Nov. 28, according to ABC News, when an unnamed suspect reportedly purposefully struck pedestrians with his car. After crashing the vehicle, he allegedly exited and began stabbing passersby at random with a large knife.

OSU administrators initially sent out a school-wide warning saying an active shooter was on campus, according to The New York Times. All classes were canceled and students were encouraged to "Run, Hide [or] Fight," a saying that stems from a public awareness campaign that aims to inform citizens how to act during an active shooter scenario. Many students barricaded themselves inside classrooms or residence halls.

Kendrick Price, an academic adviser at OSU, ran to his office window after hearing screams. He reported seeing a person running toward police and subsequently being shot multiple times.

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Another witness, student Jacob Bowers, saw the suspect with a knife "chasing people around trying to attack them."

"Luckily there were so many people he couldn't focus on one target," he said. "I didn't see anyone get stabbed but I saw the police officer take down the stabber. He saved lives today."

Bowers said the attacker was completely silent during the attack, "which was almost scarier."

Nine people were transported to local hospitals, according to the Daily Mail. One person is reported to be in critical condition.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich tweeted that he is praying for OSU.

"Ohio's thoughts and prayers go out to the Ohio State community. Be safe, listen to first responders," he wrote.

Two hours after the initial campus-wide warning went out, administrators said the scene was secure and students could leave their shelters. In a statement, the university said that "facts are still being verified" but "injuries include stab wounds, injury by motor vehicle and other injuries that are being evaluated." 

Sources: Daily Mail, The New York Times, ABC News / Photo credit: Mark Cameron/Flickr

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