(CNSNews.com) - With early reports of an “active shooter” on the Ohio State University campus Monday, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tweeted about the “senseless act of gun violence” before updating the campus attack was performed with a car and a knife.
“Deeply saddened by the senseless act of gun violence at Ohio State this morning. Praying for the injured and the entire Buckeye community,” Kaine tweeted at 11:58 AM.
The Associated Press reports authorities are saying nine people were injured at Ohio State University when an attacker purposely drove over a curb and into pedestrians and then got out of the vehicle and began stabbing people with a butcher knife.
Authorities said two people had been stabbed, four people hurt by a car and two others were treated for lacerations.
The university had sent out a series of tweets at around 10 a.m. saying there was an active shooter on campus and that students should run, hide or fight. About an hour and a half later, the university said a shelter-in-place warning had been lifted and the scene was secure.
At 1:16 PM Kaine followed up his tweet, “Updated reports say attacker used a vehicle & knife. Horrifying & senseless. Relieved the scene is secure & praying for victims’ recovery.”
Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone says eight of the victims are in stable condition and one victim is in critical.
Stone says an officer who was nearby shot and killed the male suspect.
No firearms are allowed in or around Ohio State University housing, according to the OSU residential living handbook.
Associated Press reports were used in this story.