Ohio State University planned to have more police officers on campus today in response to another online threat of a shooting or explosion at a cafeteria.
A campuswide alert was issued about 8 p.m. yesterday, marking the second time such a notice has been posted within a week.
The latest threat supposedly came from an online chat site and stated that the incident would occur today.
Deputy OSU Police Chief Richard Morman said there appear to be similarities between this threat and the one Wednesday.
One of the sources who tipped OSU authorities last week said there had been an online chat with a person who threatened to commit a mass shooting at a campus cafeteria today.
“We can’t say without a doubt it’s the same person,” Morman said last night.
Federal, state and Columbus police will be assisting campus police today.
“We don’t talk about numbers and tactics. It should be visibly obvious that there is a heightened police presence,” Morman said.
The alert was issued because people need to watch for suspicious people, behavior or packages today or in the future, Morman said.
Before the alert on Wednesday, moderators of a role-playing fantasy website told police about a threat of a shooting at OSU. Three sources gave OSU authorities the same information last week, Morman said.
As a result, about 30 dining halls and restaurants were checked. Nothing was found. The person who made that threat hasn’t been found.
By Jim Woods - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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