A man has ploughed his car in to a group of pedestrians at Ohio State University, before getting out of the car and viciously attacking people with a butcher knife.
At least eight people were hurt before police shot and killed the attacker on Monday morning (local time).
At least two people were being treated for stab wounds, four were injured by the car and two others were being treated for cuts, university officials said.
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Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said police were looking into whether it was a terrorist attack, although a motive remains entirely unclear at this early stage.
The FBI and other agencies have joined the investigation.
Details of the attack were confusing at first, with the university issuing a serious of tweets warning students there was an “active shooter” on campus.
Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.
— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 28, 2016
It didn’t take too long for authorities to realise that was not the case.
Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone said that the attacker drove over a curb outside a classroom building and that an officer who was nearby shot the driver in less than a minute.
I’m safe in a barricaded room. If you’re on campus, get in a room and stay safe. pic.twitter.com/Gaw7gjTx6w
— Harrison Roth (@goisles29) November 28, 2016
Ohio State University have since released a statement, confirming the campus has been declared secure after police concluded there was no second attacker.
“Ohio State University Police and local law enforcement continue to respond to a public safety incident on Ohio State’s campus. A suspect has been shot and reported deceased,” the statement read.
“Campus remains open during the continued investigation, although classes have been canceled for the remainder of the day. Facts are still being verified. We will hold a media briefing as soon as we are able. ”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those injured and their families.”