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Ohio State University shooting sees at least 8 injured

At least one person is dead following an active shooter on the Columbus campus

An armed person at Ohio State University’s campus in Columbus has injured at least eight people. Various reports have said one person is dead.

The university’s emergency management tweeted just before 10am: “Active shooter on campus”, with the warning: “Run Hide Fight”. Authorities have been attempting to secure the campus, which has 60,000 students.

The shooting began at Watts Hall, the university’s materials, science and engineering building.

Anthony Falzarano, a university senior, 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. We are in a shelter-in-place right now in the building next door.”

Cydney Ireland, a student on campus, told ABC News: “The first thing I heard were screams. Probably five seconds after that there were three gunshots and it sounded like a handgun. And I've never seen anything like it. Everybody was running in any direction they possibly could.”

The Lantern, the university's newspaper, reported that police have surrounded the Lane Avenue parking garage, where a suspected shooter is meant to be. 

Posts on social media have shown police, fire fighters and ambulances on campus, and students have been barricading themselves into classrooms and auditoriums.

Reports say a person has been shot by police, with images showing what appears to be a body on the ground.

A spokesperson for Columbus fire department told Buzzfeed News that one person is in critical condition, with seven others in stable condition.

The emergency management service for the university has tweeted that the campus has been secured by authorities, and all classes are cancelled, with several buildings remaining closed.