A parent never wants to get a call saying their child’s school is in lockdown and that an active shooter is on the loose.
A Bristol mother had to deal with that today, as her daughter attends Ohio State University, where there was an attack on campus.
Eleven people were injured after a man drove a car onto the Ohio State University campus, jumped a curb and hit several pedestrians, then got out of the car and started stabbing people.
Francine Mayo left her daughter Morgan’s apartment on the campus around 6 a.m. on Monday, and was heading back to Connecticut when she began receiving a series of calls from her daughter.
“My phone rang, I went to answer it and she wasn't there and I thought she must have accidentally dialed me,” Mayo said.
The next call sent a chill down her spine where her daughter told her there was an active shooter on campus.
"I was terrified,” Mayo said.
Already more than 200 miles from Columbus, OH, Mayo parked her car and sat at a gas station in Pennsylvania for two hours, waiting to hear back from her daughter, who had taken shelter in a film room while police swarmed the campus.
"I was too shaken to drive, my stomach felt like I had a knife in it I was just trembling so hard,” Mayo said. “I called friends and had them check the internet for me because my service was poor."
Finally, after a few hours, she got the call that her daughter was truly safe.
"I heard she was on the news and I thought, oh she's ok. It's just heart wrenching when you can't be there and you know that she's scared even though she's acting like she's not scared,” Mayo said.
She said Monday night that she is thinking of the families of those who were injured.
"My heart goes out to them, I’m just glad that the majority of the kids are safe and campus police for OSU, they are spot on,” Mayo said.
The suspect was identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Somali refugee, who was also an OSU student. He was shot and killed.
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