COLUMBUS, Ohio – A SWAT team arrests a campus shooter in Ohio. Reports of an “active shooter” came from Columbus Scioto 6 – 12 school on 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.
“I heard the gunshots,” said Ian Addis, a 9th grader at the school. “We all had to just go hide near the lockers.”
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.”
The shooter was taken into custody just before 9:00 a.m.
Police on Friday afternoon said a student “fired multiple shots inside the school.” As a result, the suspect, Adan Abdullahi, 18, (pictured left) was booked for improperly discharging a firearm in a school safety zone, a felony. Police also seized the firearm.
Fortunately, no one was injured during the incident, police said.
“SWAT made an arrest, gun taken, no injuries. Excellent job by our officers,” Columbus Police tweeted.
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However, before things returned to normal, Scioto High School was placed on lockdown. Moreover, civilians were asked to avoid the area as police and fire crews responded to the scene, district spokesperson Scott Varner told 10tv.com.
“Our officers did a superb job of rapidly responding, securing the scene, working with school officials and neighboring law enforcement agencies as well as getting students out of harm’s way and the suspect quickly into custody,” Chief Kim Jacobs said in a statement.
It’s unclear what connection Abdullahi had with the school. It is also unknown if other students were targeted, or this was simply a case of reckless behavior. Although a law enforcement source close to the investigation said the incident stemmed from a gang-related conflict, reported 10tv.com.
The school is home to about 100 students in 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 changes.
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(Photos: Columbus PD Twitter)