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NINE people are in hospital and one ‘Somali-born’ suspect has been shot dead following a shooting at Ohio State University, one of America’s largest universities.

Students at the university in Columbus, Ohio, reported a car drove into people gathered outside during a fire alarm, before a man jumped out with a gun and a knife.

According to NBC 4 Columbus, the suspect was shot dead by police – and cops investigated claims there were multiple shooters, before the university confirmed the scene was secure at around 11:30am local time – 4:30pm GMT.

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Reports suggest two other suspects were arrested after police searched the campus, and classes have been cancelled for the rest of the day.

As the situation unfolded, the university sent a series of tweets telling its 60,000 students to shelter in place and to “Run Hide Fight.”

Hospitals have reportedly confirmed that none of the wounded in the attack have life threatening injuries, according to Associated Press.

The killer’s use of a vehicle has drawn comparisons to the Nice truck attack in July which left 86 people dead.

At around 10am local time (3pm GMT), the university’s emergency management department tweeted: “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.”

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Watts Hall is a materials science and engineering building.

“Run, hide, fight” is standard protocol for active shooter situations, instructing people to run, evacuate if possible; hide, get silently out of view; or fight, as a last resort, take action to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter if your life is in imminent danger.

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Student Anthony Falzarano, 22, told CNN: “We heard a lot of sirens. I was in class and everyone got a text message at the same time for the emergency alert.

“Someone said they heard popping right before we got the alert, but I didn’t hear it.”

The local fire department confirmed two of those taken to hospital are in a stable condition, while at least one is in a critical condition.

Responding to the shooting, Ohio Governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate John Kasich tweeted: “Ohio’s thoughts and prayers go out to the Ohio State community. Be safe, listen to first responders.”

Credits: The Sun UK

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