Public Safety Notice - Columbus

Dear Ohio State Community Member:

You are receiving this notice because a crime has occurred that is considered to be of a concern and/or a continuing threat to the campus community.

The purpose of this message is to heighten your safety awareness by providing community members with information necessary to take appropriate precautions, enable you to take actions to help increase your safety, and to aid in the prevention of similar crimes.

This notice does not mean there has been an increase in crime or that any specific crime pattern exists.

Public Safety Notice For: 
Campus Area, Off Campus, Academic Area
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Alert Code: 
The following crime occurred off campus

On 4/27/16, at around 1:10 p.m., Columbus Police responded to a reported home invasion shooting at 70 West Northwood Avenue, which is located off-campus, north of the Columbus campus. The suspect reportedly shot two individuals before fleeing in an unknown direction. He is described as a black male with dreadlocks, standing 6 feet tall and wearing a black shirt and glasses. The suspect is believed to be armed. If you see someone matching this description, please do not engage and instead dial 9-1-1 immediately.

Until it was determined there was no immediate danger, a shelter in place directive was issued for the Ohio State campus while Columbus Police and The Ohio State University Police actively searched for the suspect. However, this directive has been lifted as Columbus Police actively investigate. As always, if you see something suspicious, say something immediately: call University Police at 614-292-2121 or Columbus Police at 614-645-4545. Always call 9-1-1 in emergencies.

Becoming the victim of a crime is no one’s fault. We remind you to increase your overall safety by being cautious and looking out for one another; being aware of your surroundings and looking assertive; walking with a trusted friend or co-worker, when possible; if a situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative. Please utilize transportation services, when possible, and take advantage of our additional safety resources, such as the Student Safety Service Safe Ride program:

Anyone with information concerning this crime should contact either the University Police, 614-292-2121 or Columbus Police, 614-645-4545. You may also report information anonymously to the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS or the University Crime Stoppers Tips line at 614-247-TIPS.

For information about safety on Ohio State's campus visit the following links:

For information about crime off campus, review the Columbus Police website at Helpful links are listed as: Crime Information, Crime Prevention, Offense Reports, and Media Releases.

This Public Safety Notice is issued in compliance with the "Timely Warning" provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998. 34 CFR 668.46(e)