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Multiple people wounded after attack on Ohio State campus

SWAT teams and police respond to reports of a shooting on campus at Ohio State University, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

At least 11 people were wounded in an attack on the Ohio State campus when a man drove his car into a group of students, and then began attacking them with a butcher knife. The suspect was shot dead by a responding officer just a couple of minutes after the attack started.

The suspect has been identified as 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a permanent U.S. resident born in Somalia, according to OSU police. It's unclear when Artan came to the U.S.

Police said they were investigating the possibility it was a terrorist attack. The FBI and other agencies joined the investigation.

The details emerged after a morning of confusion and conflicting reports that began with the university issuing a series of tweets warning students that there was an "active shooter" on campus near the engineering building. The warning was apparently prompted by what turned out to be police gunfire.

An alert from Ohio State University warned of an active shooter on campus, near Watts Hall at West 19th Avenue and College Road just before 10:00am Monday. A first text alert told students to "shelter in place/be observant/take action as needed" and tweets from an official OSU Emergency management account told students to "Run Hide Fight".

Students who were in Watts Hall told ABC 6/FOX 28 a fire alarm went off, causing all the students to evacuate the building. After firefighters responded and cleared the scene, students say a car then drove up, jumped a curb and drive towards the crowd of students. Students say the car hit a planter, and that's when they say they saw a guy jump out with some kind of large knife and begin attacking.

Authorities say the attacker used a butcher knife to go after the pedestrians. Students began running away, and that's when they say they started hearing gunshots. The suspect was shot and killed by an Ohio State Police Officer one minute after the first 911 call.

The officer has been identified as Alan Horujko.

Angshuman Kapil, a graduate student, was outside the building when the car barreled onto the sidewalk.

"It just hit everybody who was in front," he said. "After that everybody was shouting, 'Run! Run! Run!'"

Student Martin Schneider said he heard the car's engine revving.

"I thought it was an accident initially until I saw the guy come out with a knife," Schneider said, adding that the man didn't say anything when he got out.

Asked at a news conference whether authorities were considering the possibility it was a terrorist act, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said: "I think we have to consider that it is."

At least 11 people were wounded when they were either stabbed or hit by the car, according to the Columbus Fire Department: six of them was transported to OSU Wexner Medical Center, while the others were taken to Gran Medical Center and Riverside Hospital. Of the original report where nine people were injured, one was in critical condition, seven in stable, and a nint person was being evaluated. Hospitals say none of the victims have life-threatening injuries.

Columbus Police, Columbus Fire, Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, ATF, and FBI are helping in the investigation. When asked about any possible terrorism connection, an FBI official said "Too early to speculate on motive, but we are working with our law enforcement partners (who are currently leading the investigation) to look at all angles."

Ohio State canceled all classes for the day, and are asking students to stay away from the area near Watts Hall and north campus.

Full statement from Ohio State University:

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. Victim injuries include stab wounds, injury by motor vehicle and other injuries that are being evaluated. At the recommendation of law enforcement, campus alerts for shelter in place have been lifted. 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. The university will continue to share information through Buckeye Alert and emergency.osu.edu. Our top priority remains the safety and security of our campus community. Our thoughts and prayers are with those injured and their families.

ABC 6/FOX 28 will be updating this story as more information becomes available.

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