The Ohio State Buckeyes received a bit of a scare prior to their matchup with the Cal Golden Bears on Saturday. According to Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch, a gunfight occurred outside the downtown Oakland hotel the program is staying at just minutes before the team bus arrived on Friday.
Alan Wang of ABC 7 found that the shooting occurred outside the Marriott Hotel on Broadway and 11th, where the Buckeyes and many of the team’s boosters are staying.
May noted that eight shots rang out from near the main entrance of the hotel, with a young man soon running past a group of gathered reporters with his hand clasping something near his belt area.
May learned that two men had exchanged gunfire, although witnesses on the scene noted that neither combatant was hit in the battle.
Unfortunately, a cab driver was struck in the leg with a stray bullet and was transported to the hospital.
As per Wang, witness Aziz Latifi saw the whole incident take place: “This guy that got shot was standing right next to me. So when I hear the shots, I just went down right here buy the tire, and he was screaming, ‘Call 911, I got shot!’”
Police were quick to arrive on the scene and made one arrest in connection with the shooting. The other suspect has yet to be detained.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer did not speak to the media after exiting the bus, instead opting to head inside immediately. Considering the circumstances, no reporter could blame him for the decision.