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Statements, messages of support shared following attack at Ohio State

Politicians and community leaders are sending support to Ohio State and those injured following the attack Monday morning.

Politicians and community leaders are sending support to Ohio State and those injured following the attack Monday morning.

Ten people were injured after a suspect allegedly struck pedestrians with a car before attacking others with a butcher knife. The suspect was shot and killed by an Ohio State University Police officer.


Statement from The Ohio State University:

Ohio State University Police and local law enforcement continue to respond to a public safety incident on Ohio State’s campus. A suspect has been shot and reported deceased. Victim injuries include stab wounds, injury by motor vehicle and other injuries that are being evaluated. At the recommendation of law enforcement, campus alerts for shelter in place have been lifted. Campus remains open during the continued investigation, although classes have been canceled for the remainder of the day. Facts are still being verified. We will hold a media briefing as soon as we are able. The university will continue to share information through Buckeye Alert and emergency.osu.edu. Our top priority remains the safety and security of our campus community. Our thoughts and prayers are with those injured and their families.

Statement from Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther:

"As we continue to work to understand today’s tragic events, we must give thanks to our first responders and emergency medical professionals for doing everything in their power to assure the best possible outcome under trying circumstances. Their heroic actions saved lives today, and for that we are most grateful."

Statement from Columbus City Council President Zach Klein:

“Columbus City Council stands united with The Ohio State University. We are continually thinking about and praying for all those involved and affected by this senseless act of violence. City Council stands ready to do its part to support the University, all law enforcement agencies involved, and the entire OSU community.”

Statement from Ohio Governor John Kasich:

“My thoughts are with the victims of this attack right now and I pray for their safety and recovery. I am grateful for the professional, coordinated response from first responders whose efforts helped effectively contain this incident before further harm could be done. I have been staying in contact with Ohio first responders since the incident began and have spoken with Ohio State’s President Dr. Michael Drake to pledge whatever additional help the university needs.”

Statement from President-Elect Donald Trump:

“Watching the news unfold at Ohio State University. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the students and administration. Excellent job by the Ohio State University Emergency Management Team (OSU_EMFP) in immediately notifying students & faculty via social media with the message: "Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College."

THANK YOU to all FIRST RESPONDERS who reacted immediately.”

Statement from Congressman Pat Tiberi:

“Today we hold The Ohio State University and our fellow Buckeyes close to our hearts. In the wake of this senseless violence, I would like to thank the school officials, police officers and all the emergency responders for their actions to secure campus and keep our students safe. As we wait to learn more, I’m praying for the victims and hope for their swift and full recoveries.”

Michigan Athletics:

Stay safe, Buckeyes.

Statement from U.S. Senator Rob Portman:

“Jane and I send our thoughts and prayers to The Ohio State University and Columbus community following today’s horrific attack on campus. I want to thank the first responders who responded to the attack today so quickly and professionally. As local, state and federal authorities continue to investigate the perpetrator of this attack, my office and I stand ready to help in any way possible.”

Statement from Congresswoman Joyce Beatty:

“This morning an assailant attacked individuals at The Ohio State University. The incident is under investigation and information is still being gathered. At this time, my thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with the victims, their families, friends and the entire Ohio State University student body and community. I thank the multiagency taskforce for their quick and decisive response and applaud OSU for swiftly activating its alert system.”

Statement from Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine:

Thoughts and prayers go to #OhioState and first responders.