Neighborhood Safety Notice - October 11, 2020

This is an update from the Buckeye Alerts that were sent this morning.

The following information was provided by the Columbus Division of Police: On 10/11/2020, at approximately 2:09 a.m., Columbus Police responded to a report of a shooting in an alley in the 100 block of 14th Avenue. Officers arrived to find a victim with a gunshot wound, who was pronounced deceased at the scene. Reports indicate that individuals were asked to leave a house party in the area, and an altercation occurred outside. The Columbus Division of Police (CPD) is investigating the incident and is questioning persons of interest. CPD has criminally charged one suspect.

The police have identified the victim of this tragedy as Ohio State student Chase Meola. The Ohio State University community is in mourning, and our deepest condolences and support go to the family and friends of Chase. He was a fifth year marketing major from Mahwah, New Jersey. Students in need of support are encouraged to access counseling services by calling 614-292-5766. Faculty and staff who need support are encouraged to call the Employee Assistance Program at 800-678-6265.   

We do not have additional details to share at this time.

Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to call the Columbus Division of Police at 614-645-4545.

Crimes are never the fault of the victim. The Ohio State University Police Division encourages everyone to lock doors and windows. When possible, please walk with friends or coworkers and always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. If you see something, say something: report suspicious behavior by calling police.

The Ohio State University Police Division carefully considers information contained in safety notices. All decisions are handled on a case-by-case basis with the safety of our campus community in mind. Law enforcement officers and dispatchers are trained to interview witnesses in an effort to obtain as much information as possible, such as build, hair style, hair color, facial hair, skin tone, eye color, tattoos or identifying marks, teeth, clothing, shoes, etc. OSUPD may limit the use of race, or other descriptors, unless accompanied by a detailed description of the suspect. In an effort to share information in a timely manner, details may be limited and are based on information known or reported at the time of issuance.