‘You go numb:’ Witnesses react to attack on Ohio State campus

COLUMBUS, Ohio-- At least eight people were taken to hospitals after an attack on the Ohio State University campus Monday, authorities said. The incident was first reported as an active shooter situation.

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An adviser in the engineering department said she was just walked in from a fire drill when the chaos began.

"Shouts, screams, shots," Rachel Lemaster said. "It's not real. You go numb. It's not supposed to happen."

"It's scary. It's very scary. We barricaded ourselves into our rooms like we were taught,"she said while wiping away tears.

OSU senior Anthony Falzarano, 22, said he was in class at the time of the shooting.

"We heard a lot of sirens. I was in class and everyone got a text message at the same time for the emergency alert," he told CNN. "Someone said they heard popping right before we got the alert, but I didn't hear it. We are in a shelter-in-place right now in the building next door. "

Falzarano said "there's a lot of police and fire trucks and an ambulance outside the building."

"The officers are putting on Kevlar vests and have big weapons," he said. "I can't see anyone going inside the building -- there's just so many cops here."

A suspect is dead following an active shooter report Monday morning on Ohio State University's campus, a federal law enforcement official said. (Harrison Roth via CNN)

A suspect is dead following an active shooter report Monday morning on Ohio State University's campus, a federal law enforcement official said. (Harrison Roth via CNN)

Some students piled chairs against a door to barricade themselves.

"I'm safe in a barricaded room," Harrison Roth tweeted. "If you're on campus, get in a room and stay safe."

Sophomore Wyatt Crosher said he heard gunfire from across the street.

"My roommate and I heard about three or four gunshots from across the street, and soon after we heard a bunch of police and ambulances pull up across the street," the 19-year-old said.

"We can't see the building where the shooting happened because of a dorm blocking our view. It truly sounded like gunshots, and really soon after we heard a bunch of sirens. We can see the police cars from our dorm."

 

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