Ohio teacher talks down student armed with gun
By Jennifer Cruz
Adan Abdullahi, 18, is being held on a $950,000 bond after he opened fire in a school. (Photo: Columbus Police Department)
Columbus authorities are thanking a courageous educator for talking down a student who entered a school and opened fire Friday.
The Columbus Police Department confirmed in a press release that the incident unfolded at Columbus Scioto 6-12 school around 8:33 a.m., but the suspect, 18-year-old Adan Abdullahi, was in police custody less than 30 minutes later.
Authorities say Abdullahi entered the school and fired several rounds from a .38-caliber revolver as he walked down the hallway talking to himself. Without elaborating, police indicated the shooting was gang-related and that Abdullahi, who is a student at the school, was looking for a specific person when he arrived.
The gunfire prompted multiple staff members to call 911 as the school went on lockdown. However, one staff member approached Abdullahi and was successfully able to calm him down before responding officers arrived on the scene, according to Columbus Police Chief Kimberley Jacobs.
Abdullahi was arrested without incident and charged with improperly discharging a firearm at the school, a second-degree felony. Other charges may be forthcoming. Abdullahi is being held on a $950,000 bond and, if posted, a