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Former OSU Employee Shoots, Kills Himself Inside Wexner Center

Wexner Center for the Arts
Richie Diesterheft
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Wexner Center for the Arts on the campus of Ohio State University

Police say a former Ohio State University employee shot and killed himself in a gallery at the campus' contemporary art museum after vandalizing some artwork.

No one else was injured in the shooting, which was reported at 11:20 a.m. Sunday at the Wexner Center for the Arts. It happened shortly after the museum was scheduled to open for the day with a Picasso-inspired show on display.

The museum is closed until further notice as the investigation continues.

The university did not identify the man. Acting university police chief Craig Stone says the victim last worked for the school in 2009.

Stone says police responded immediately to the call and that there was no ongoing threat to the university community. A university spokesman said artwork damage had not been fully assessed.

EARLIER STORY - 3:04 p.m. Sunday, Novmeber 29 

Police at Ohio State say there is no ongoing threat to the university community after a man shot himself inside a campus art museum.

Acting Chief Craig Stone says campus police received a report at 11:20 a.m. Sunday of self-inflicted gunfire at the Wexner Center for the Arts. The call came shortly after the center had been scheduled to open to the public for the day.

Stone says police responded immediately and the man was not considered a threat. No one else was injured.

Police say the museum specializing in contemporary art is closed and the investigation is ongoing.

No additional details were immediately released.

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