Ohio State University has become the scene of a major police operation amid reports an active shooter is on campus.
Eight people have been hospitalised in the ‘gun and machete’ attack, with one person in a critical condition according to CNN.
The Daily Mirror has reported one suspected is thought to have been shot dead by police, while at least one other is thought to remain at large.
Students were told via the University’s social media account to ‘run, hide, or fight’.
Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.
— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 28, 2016
The campus in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest in the U.S. and the situation has yet to be confirmed as under control with armed police on the scene.
Students have been sharing their harrowing experience of the situation via Twitter…
— M. Jennings (@RealFriscoKid) November 28, 2016
There's at least one body bag present in front of Koffolt Labs. OSU police still advising to take shelter. Situation not under control. pic.twitter.com/fIdvjpwbzD
— The Lantern (@TheLantern) November 28, 2016
Student Harrison Roth described the situation to Mirror Online:
We were taking a quiz when all of a sudden everyone got a text from the campus alert system that told us about this.
We didn’t know how serious it was but pretty soon everyone was getting texts from other people who were in the building/saw the shooter.
We see police tape from my room, but we’ve seen pictures taken by other people on campus of a body on the ground.
— ??☀️Karen☀️?? (@KarenMonsour12) November 28, 2016
Cops putting up tape, wearing vests and grabbing their guns pic.twitter.com/dVmztKBeq6
— Anthony Falzarano (@_falzarano) November 28, 2016
Images of what is thought to be the body of one suspect have also surfaced online…
Warning: Image of dead body
The police shot the person in my picture so I'm assuming that it was a shooter. People said that he had a knife
— Ben Slaton (@_bennybeatz) November 28, 2016
Slaton also captured graphic footage of police covering the body of an alleged suspect which we will not include, but click here if you wish to view.
Police later revealed that one of the attackers had driven a car onto the pavement and into pedestrians before getting out and attacking people with a butcher knife.
BREAKING: Ohio State police: Attacker purposely drove over curb into pedestrians, got out and stabbed people with butcher knife.
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 28, 2016
Our thoughts are with all of those affected by the ongoing situation – more to follow.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.