CHICAGO (AFP) - A student brought a gun to his Ohio high school on Friday (Sept 8) and began shooting, but the quick actions of a school employee prevented bloodshed.
Police in Columbus, the US state’s capital, accused 18-year-old Adan Abdullahi of firing a gun inside Schioto High School on Friday morning – sparking multiple calls of an “active shooter.”
The entire incident was over within minutes, however, thanks to the actions of a school employee, police said.
A staff member “was able to talk to that person while he was still armed, and at least calm him down long enough for us to take him into custody,” Columbus Police Chief Kimberly Jacobs told a news conference.
No one was injured in the incident.
Abdullahi was arrested and charged with a 2nd degree felony count of shooting inside a “school safety zone,” police said, adding that additional charges were possible.
Dozens of emergency personnel responded to the scene, and escorted students out of the school building. School officials transported students to a another facility.
The school serves grades six through 12, and is geared toward special needs and “emotionally disturbed students,” according to Scioto school’s website.
One student told The Columbus Dispatch newspaper that he heard a gunshot while in his classroom.
“We all went into a lockdown and we had to just go hide near the lockers,” Ian Addis told the newspaper.
After evacuation, children were reunited with their parents in what TV station WSYX described as an emotional scene filled with hugs and tears.