COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Police have identified the suspect in the active shooter situation at Columbus Scioto High School as an 18-year-old student.
Columbus police said Adan Abdullahi, 18, was arrested and charged with improperly discharging a firearm in a school safety zone, a second-degree felony. Police said other charges are expected.
At about 8:33am, Friday, police were called to the 2900 block of South High Street, in Columbus, on the report of a student firing shots in the building.
Ian Addis, a ninth grader at the school says he heard one shot. “We all went to a lockdown and we had to just go hide near the lockers,” Addis said.
A woman identified as an assistant principal at the school called 9-1-1 from inside a closet. “He’s in the main hallway,” she told the police dispatcher. “Right now he’s in front of the office. He’s firing shots.”
Police say a school staff member intervened with the suspect and was able to calm him down until officers arrived.
Police say they arrested the suspect just before 8:58am without incident, and there are no injuries. A gun was recovered at the school.
“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,” said Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs. “We are grateful that no one was injured and for the excellent cooperation throughout this incident from all involved,”
Columbus City School administrators said all students and staff are safe after the incident. The students were transported to Linmoor Ed Center on Hamilton Road where teachers and counselors were available. By early afternoon CCS said any remaining students that weren’t picked up at Linmoor were taken back to Columbus Scioto HS for regular dismissal.
School officials say students attending Columbus Scioto have emotional, social or behavioral challenges.
Ian Addis says staff members routinely search students.
“They pat us down,” Addis said. “They make us take our shoes off. They check our pockets. They just pat us down everywhere to make sure there’s nothing on us.”
A law enforcement source close to the investigation said the incident stemmed from a gang-related conflict.