Columbus Police release ID of school shooter

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

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Columbus police say suspect in custody

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Columbus--The first call to police came at 8:33 a.m. that there was an active shooter at a Columbus school for 6th through 12th graders. Within 25 minutes, students were evacuated and a male suspect was arrested.

“No students were injured. Everyone was accounted for. We have a suspect. We have the gun, and everyone is safe,” said Columbus Police spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis.

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Police identified him as 18-year-old Adan Abdullahi, a student at the school. He is facing a felony charge of improper discharge of a firearm in a school zone, police said.

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Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said a staff member made contact with the armed suspect and calmed him down. School employees told police that the student fired multiple shots inside the school.

“We haven’t had one of these (active shooter situations) for years, as far as I know. If everything could have gone picture perfect, by the book, I think it did today,” Alex-Bouzounis said.

Nonetheless, parents of the 100-plus students received notice by an automatic calling system used by Columbus City Schools, said Scott Varner, district spokesman.

Art Green, a parent of a sixth grader at Columbus Scioto 6-12, said he heard of the incident through word of mouth, and he was able to contact his son by cell phone.

“I think in a crisis situation like this, they’re going to do all that they can, and I really do believe that they’ve done all that they can,” Green said of the district’s efforts to notify parents.


The school serves children with special needs and those who are emotionally disabled.

Relatives of students showed up on South High Street, shaken and panicked until they received word that no one was injured. Students were bused to alternative locations for parents to pick them up.

The report of a shooter brought on a massive response from Columbus police, Franklin County Sheriff’s office, Ohio Highway Patrol and Columbus fire. The school is a few miles south of downtown Columbus.

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