Two killed in shooting at OSU

By Calvin Palmer

An employee at Ohio State University, in Columbus, opened fire in a maintenance building earlier today and shot two co-workers before turning the gun on himself.

Nathaniel Brown, 51, shot and killed 48-year-old building services manager Larry Wallington and wounded operations shift leader Henry Butler, 60.

Brown then shot himself. He was taken to OSU Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Butler was also taken to the OSU Medical Center and his condition is described as stable.

Brown, who had been hired in October, arrived for work in dark clothing with two handguns in a backpack, campus Police Chief Paul Denton said.

Denton described the shooting as work-related and said Brown recently received a poor performance evaluation, though he declined to say whether that was the motive.

More than a half-dozen employees were in the maintenance building when the shooting occurred at 3:30 a.m. and have been offered grief counseling, Denton said.

“This is a tragic event, and our hearts go out to all of the families,” said Vernon Baisden, a university assistant vice president of public safety.

The university, with 55,000 students, continued normal operations today.  Classes and work schedules were not affected.

No doubt, there will be much wailing and wringing of hands following this tragic incident but until America gets a grip on the sale of handguns to the general public, these tragedies will continue. But the gun lobby, with its gung-ho attitude born out of watching too many John Wayne films, remains oblivious to the obvious link between needless deaths and the easy availability of guns in the United States.

It is a strange country that makes it so easy to buy a handgun, whose sole purpose is to wound or kill another human being, and so difficult for someone to smoke a cigarette in a public place.

If anyone understands the logic of that situation, do drop me a line. To me, it is madness, sheer madness.

[Based on reports by the Associated Press and Norwalk Reflector.] 

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