Ohio State’s dramatic victory over Michigan last weekend was the latest edition of one of the fiercest rivalries in college sports, but the Wolverines put aside any bitter feelings to show support amid an attack that left 11 hurt on the Buckeyes’ campus.
Michigan’s official athletics account on Twitter posted the message , “Stay safe, Buckeyes” Monday morning. After Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith tweeted his thanks to the school, Michigan responded: “This is much bigger than a rivalry. #BuckeyeStrong.”
Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis was one of several Wolverines who tweeted their support writing , “Sorry, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. I pray no one is harmed!”
The attacker was identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan. He was born in Somalia and was a legal permanent U.S. resident, according to a U.S. official who wasn’t authorized to discuss the case and spoke on the condition of anonymity. The FBI joined the investigation.
The details emerged after a morning of conflicting reports and confusion, created in part by a series of tweets from the university warning there was an “active shooter” on campus and students should “Run Hide Fight.” The warning was prompted by what turned out to be police gunfire.
An Ohio State medical official says three of the 11 people injured in the attack remain hospitalized and are expected to make complete recoveries.
The bloodshed came as students were returning to classes following the Thanksgiving break and Ohio State’s football victory over rival Michigan, which brought more than 100,000 fans to campus on Saturday.
Ohio State beat Michigan 31-27 in double overtime at Ohio Stadium on Saturday in what ESPN says was the most-watched college football game this season.