Capital University sends alert advising students of active shooter near campus

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Capital University issued a campus alert Monday afternoon of an active shooter near campus. The alert stemmed from a shooting incident that was reported a few blocks southwest of campus.

City of Bexley police described the incident on Ferndale Place as a drive-by shooting during which multiple rounds were fired at a duplex. One person was injured when a bullet grazed their forearm.

Capital University police say they put out the campus alert when they heard the suspects were reported heading east toward College Ave.

Capital University student Max Marsillo was working on campus at a music camp for middle schoolers when he got the alert on his phone.

“It really concerned me because it’s quite close,” Marsillo said. “I mean it’s …. really close to our building. The kids if they are roaming around are unsafe at that point so yeah, it was very concerning for me.”

Bexley Police say the incident was not considered an active shooter and was never a threat to the Capital University campus.

The university issued the following statement:

At approximately 1:00 pm on Monday, June 5, 2017, Bexley Police responded to a reported shooting at Ferndale Place, located several blocks west of Capital University’s Bexley campus. According to early reports, multiple shots had been fired, and the suspects were seen headed east toward campus on foot.

Believing the incident posed an immediate and ongoing risk to the health and safety of its university community, Capital police issued a CapAlert about a reported active shooter and advised the university community to avoid the area until further notice.

As additional information was gleaned during the investigation that followed, a second CapAlert was issued to notify the university community that the immediate threat had ended. Capital is awaiting the final report from Bexley police and will update the Safety Bulletin with additional information about the incident accordingly.

Capital University has a deep and longstanding commitment to early reporting of information that impacts the health and safety of our university community so students, faculty, and staff can make informed decisions.  We hold to the belief that it is best to alert early for incidents that pose a significant risk rather than waiting for a situation to fully evolve.

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