Ohio State Experiences Gunfight Outside of Oakland Hotel Before Cal Clash

Alex KayCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2013

The Ohio State Buckeyes football team received a bit of a scare prior to their matchup with the California Golden Bears on Saturday.

According to Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch, a gunfight occurred outside the downtown Oakland hotel where the team is staying, just minutes before its bus arrived on Friday. The players and many boosters are staying at the Marriott Hotel on Broadway and 11th, according to Alan Wang of ABC 7. 

May noted that eight shots rang out from near the main entrance of the hotel and that a young man was seen running past a group of gathered reporters with his hand clasping something close to 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.

Wtness Aziz Latifi told Wang: “This guy that got shot was standing right next to me. So when I hear the shots, I just went down right here by 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 goinside immediately. Considering the circumstances, no reporter could blame him for the decision.

The No. 4-ranked Buckeyes were fortunate to have avoided being caught in the middle of the firefight, which could've ended in tragedy. 

They now have to focus their efforts on a 4 p.m. ET game against the Bears at Memorial Stadium in nearby Berkeley.