Ohio State University student and campus carry advocate 20-year-old Tarak Underiner was shot and killed near campus early Thursday morning. Police responded to a 911 call in which the caller told the dispatcher that someone had been shot. Police arrived on the scene after someone called 911, and declared Underiner dead from multiple gunshot wounds. Authorities do not believe that this was a random act but have yet to identify a suspect or motive.
After the news of Underiner’s death, Michael Newbern, the director of Ohio Students for Concealed Carry posted a Facebook message: “I am deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred last night near The Ohio State University. Tarak Underiner was both a personal friend of mine and a bright young man with a promising future ahead of him. His work as a member of Buckeyes for Concealed Carry on Campus to restore the right to self-defense on Ohio’s college campuses put him in an elite class obtained by very few others in our movement.”
Newbern urged people to cooperate with law enforcement to the best of their ability in their efforts to solve this case. He also pleaded with anyone that may have any relevant information to reach out to law enforcement officials. At this time, few facts are known and speculation on the circumstances surrounding his death is unwarranted.
Just last month, the Republican Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, signed a bill that granted universities the right to allow campus carry by concealed carry permit holders. However, OSU President Michael Drake strongly opposes the right of student’s being able to carry a firearm on campus and has not taken steps to change the school’s gun policies.