Bond set for suspect in active shooting situation at Columbus Scioto High School

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Columbus police said officers were able to arrest the suspect in an active shooter situation at Columbus Scioto 6-12 without incident Friday morning.

Police responded to the school on South High Street in south Columbus around 8:30 a.m. on the report of a student firing shots in the building.

Authorities identified the suspect as 18-year-old Adan Abdullahi. He has been charged with improperly discharging a firearm in a school safety zone.

Abdullahi appeared at the Franklin County Municipal Court Saturday morning and the judge set his bond at $950,000 and ordered him to stay away from the school.

"I heard the gunshots," said Ian Addis, a 9th grader at the school. "We all had to just go hide near the lockers."

District spokesperson Scott Varner said the school was placed on lockdown as crews responded to the area.

School officials told police the student fired multiple shots inside the school.

"It drops your heart," said Jessica Chavis, whose twin nephews attend Scioto. "I live on the west side and I came all the way out here."

Officers were able to take the suspect into custody just before 9 a.m. Police said a gun was recovered and no injuries were reported.

Authorities identified the suspect as 18-year-old Adan Abdullahi. He has been charged with improperly discharging a firearm in a school safety zone.

A law enforcement source close to the investigation said the incident stemmed from a gang-related conflict.

The school is home to about 100 students grades 6- 12 who are dealing with social, emotional, or behavioral issues. Most of the staff are intervention specialists - trained to use behavior modification techniques to promote positive behavior changes.

Columbus Scioto has canceled classes for students on Monday. Teachers and staff will still report.

Counselors will be there Monday for teachers and staff and on Tuesday for students.

A preliminary hearing for Abdullahi is scheduled for September 18 at 9 a.m.

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