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Law enforcement officials are seen outside of a parking garage on the campus of Ohio State University as they respond to an attack in Columbus, Ohio, on November 28, 2016 (AFP Photo/Paul Vernon)

At least Eight people were injured when an assailant drove into a crowd at Ohio State University on Monday, triggering an hours-long security lockdown before authorities cleared the campus, AFP reported.

Earlier the university’s emergency management service had urged students and staff to shelter in place amid reports of an active shooter, as SWAT teams fanned out across the facility.

Law enforcement shot and killed one suspect, according to local television station WBNS, which reported that police led two people out in handcuffs from a garage they had surrounded on the university’s main campus in Columbus.

A witness suggested that a suspect was driving a red SUV. The incident was called an active shooter situation, but it was unclear whether any of the victims had suffered firearm injuries.

Some reports suggested the attacker or attackers used a knife.

“Shelter in Place lifted. Scene is now secure. ALL classes are canceled on Columbus campus for the remainder of the day,” the OSU emergency management services tweeted as it declared the incident over.

Television footage showed students leaving school buildings as Rebecca Diehm, spokeswoman for the Columbus fire department, said eight people had been transported to hospital.

One was in critical condition, and the rest were stable, she said.

OSU Wexner Medical Center tweeted that it was treating four victims, none with life-threatening injuries.