In what was first widely reported as a school shooting, an attack at the Ohio State University may have involved two completely different deadly weapons instead.
According to CNN, the suspect plowed his car into a group of pedestrians on the Columbus campus before using a large knife some have described as a machete to attack more people.
At least nine people were hospitalized.
As for the attacker, the university said, "A suspect has been shot and reported deceased. Victim injuries include stab wounds, injury by motor vehicle and other injuries that are being evaluated."
Students received a Twitter alert from the school around 10 a.m. Eastern, telling them to "Run Hide Fight." Many students remained sheltered in place, barricading doors, until the campus lockdown was lifted more than an hour later.
As for the possibly erroneous reports of an active shooter on campus, they may have come from witness claims of gunshots being heard. Those shots could have been fired by law enforcement officers themselves as they worked to stop the attacker.
Student Jacob Bower witnessed the attacker up close, saying, "Luckily there were so many people, he couldn't focus on one target. I didn't see anyone get stabbed, but I saw the police officer take down the stabber. He waited 'til everyone was clear, and the stabber clearly wasn't stopping. [It] took three shots to take him down. [The] stabber had a crazy look in his eyes."
He added that the attacker "was completely silent. Which was very creepy. Not even when he was shot [by police]. The cop that subdued the guy with the knife saved so many lives today."
During a press conference, Columbus police chief said the attack appeared to be specifically planned to cause a great number of injuries but said he doesn't have enough information to confirm if the attacker was a student and/or if he has ties to a terrorist group.
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