A 21-year-old man is in stable condition after a shooting near Ohio State’s campus early Sunday morning.
The shooting occurred just after 1:30 a.m. when the victim was standing in the parking lot at McDonald’s, 1972 N. High St., according to Columbus police.
Wesley N. Powers Jr. suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh and was taken to OSU Wexner Medical Center.
Powers ran inside the McDonald’s after being shot and out the front door before collapsing on the sidewalk in front of the Pita Pit, according to a police report.
The suspect targeted a specific person and fired several shots inside the restaurant, according to police.
The suspect is described as a male wearing a cowboy hat and black hoodie, according to a tweet by OSU Emergency Management.
The suspect in the shooting fled eastbound away from the campus and is no longer in the immediate off-campus area, according to a tweet by OSU Emergency Management.
Officials said the shooting was not a random act.
However, officials urged those in the area to remain vigilant.
The area where the incident occurred was busy at the time of the shooting, according to witnesses.
“I left my car, I walked to White Castle, I got the order. While I’m walking, I heard the shotgun,” a man told NBC4.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Columbus Police Assault Detective McCotter #2332 at 614-645-4141 or central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477).
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story reported there was an active attacker false alarm issued hours prior to the shooting; this is incorrect and has been updated.