POWELL – Around 2 pm a threat of a man with a gun at the Columbus Zoos parking lot sent the facility into lockdown and hysteria.
According to Sciotopost reporter Tahrea Maynard that is on the scene, “a woman ran into the zoo entrance with a claim of a man that had a gun in the parking lot.”
The Zoo immediately locked itself down to protect its guests and staff.
“This caused a lot of panic with people at the zoo causing some people to push into rooms and self barricade causing hysteria for about 10 minutes. It was chaos and scary.”
Kayla Ferrendeli who was at the zoo with her family at the time said, “the zoo handled it well.”
Update from the zoo, “Shortly after 2 p.m., there was a traffic accident on the SR (750) in front of the Zoo. Shawnee Hills Police Department responded to handle the incident and direct traffic. An individual driving a Jeep did not follow the officer’s direction and quickly drove into the Zoo parking lot, and the officer followed.