Outnumbered police fought running battles with bands of up to a thousand rioters across campus and through the neighborhoods near High Street. Rioters smashed windows on campus and High Street. Fire hydrants were opened. Makeshift barricades were thrown up across streets. Police were pelted with rocks, bricks, and bottles.
Police and rioters clashed along High Street at Woodruff; repeatedly up and down E. 15th where tear gas was used heavily to drive rioters east and a wayward canister started a fire in a frat house; at the site of a concrete block barricade at 13th where a maniac fired a shotgun wildly wounding a half-dozen students and a police car was destroyed when the mob swarmed it and officers had to crash through a barricade to escape; at 8th, 9th, and at McMillen where protesters climbed on building roofs to rain blocks, bricks, and other debris on police and their vehicles below.
Neighborhood elementary schools--Indianola, Northwood, and W. 9th--closed early because of fears for the students’ safety and the wafting clouds of tear gas. Columbus Public Schools announced that they would be closed Thursday as well.
Around 7 pm, officers were finally able to escort the president and other officials from the Administration Building where they had been besieged all day. The officials relocated to a secure location on West Campus and set up a command post.
As the evening wore on the rioters added guns and Molotov cocktails to their arsenal. The situation became more and more out of control as rioters hiding in apartments and on building rooftops fired on police and officers fired back. Officers were exhausted, ammunition was running low, and teargas supplies were almost gone. Police raced up and down High St., tearing down barricades and dispersing mobs only to see them form again a few minutes later someplace else.