University Police have confirmed the identities of the victims and suspect in a shooting that occurred on campus earlier this morning. They also now have confirmed two deaths.
• Larry Wallington, 48, building services manager, a victim in the shooting, was pronounced dead at the scene earlier this morning.
• Henry Butler, 60, operations shift leader, also a victim, is in stable condition at the OSU Medical Center
• Suspect, Nathaniel Brown, 51, custodial worker, sustained a self-inflicted gunshot at the scene and was transported to OSU Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival
According to an e-mail from OSU Emergency Management to the university community, more than 1/2 dozen employees were working at the OSU Maintenance Building, 2000 Tuttle Park Place, when the suspect entered an office suite with a gun and began shooting. Those employees and other coworkers have been offered grief counseling.
The incident appears to be work related, according to the e-mail. Brown was hired in October 2009.
According to OSU Police Chief Paul Denton, at approximately 3:30 a.m. today Ohio State’s emergency dispatch received a 911 call indicating that a shooting had occurred at the Maintenance Building.
The site location has been secured and there are some traffic restrictions around the building. At no time were any students in danger, and no students were involved in the incident, Denton said.
The university continued normal operations on Tuesday. Classes were being held and normal work schedules were in effect. Safety officials say they will continue to provide updates as more details are available.