An Ohio State University student was shot and killed at a home in Columbus early Thursday morning.
20-year-old, Tarak Andrew Underiner, who was double majoring in marketing and Spanish, was also a avid supporter of carrying concealed guns on campus.
According to The Columbus Dispatch, police officers responded to the scene of the shooting at the Northwood residence at 12:30 a.m. Underiner was found unresponsive and pronounced dead on the scene at 12:41 a.m.
“Investigators do not believe this incident was random in nature nor has any connection to the University,” the police report stated.
Underiner, who identified himself as a third-year student in marketing and was the treasurer for Buckeyes for Concealed Carry, previously testified at a hearing in favor of expanding concealed carry onto public college campuses. In an interview with Lantern TV, Underiner explained that the legislation was important for self defense and to aid students in feeling safer while walking around on campus.
“It’s not really aimed at stopping mass shooter events,” he said, instead listing defense against violent crime, such as armed robbery or assault, as more realistic. “If you have a late night at the library and … you live in dangerous parts of town, or are out late, being able to have, at least the option, to carry a concealed weapon is an important right for Ohio State students.”
The concealed carry legislation was passed in early December of 2016. However, OSU says that the new law is “not under consideration,” to be allowed on their campus.
Dan Hedman, spokesman for OSU’s Office of Administration and Planning, said in an email, “This incident is sad and unfortunate and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Tarak Underiner during this extremely difficult time. We extend our deepest condolences. Counseling and consultation services are available for those in need of support.”
Michael Newbern, the director and board member of Ohio Students for Concealed Carry, wrote a statement on Facebook saying:
“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 advised that any speculation regarding the circumstances surrounding the death of Underiner was “unwarranted.”
Underiner’s death is the city’s first homicide of 2017.
H/T: The Lantern
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