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Things You Need To Know About Ohio State Shootings UPDATE: No Shooting: Stabbing Attack: Suspect Identified As Somali-Born US Resident Abdul Razak Ali Artan

UPDATE 12:48 PST: Suspect identified as Somali-born United States resident Abdul Razak Ali Artan:

UPDATE 11:46 PST: The suspect’s car was registered in the name “Ali Mohammed.”

FURTHER UPDATE: 10:43 a.m. PST: CBS News is reporting that a Somali man has been identified as a suspect in the stabbing attack:

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UPDATE: 10:10 a.m. PST:

According to Fox News:

Ohio State University said in a statement the injuries included stab wounds, and being struck by a vehicle. There were also other injuries that were being evaluated.

Law enforcement sources told The Columbus Dispatch that a car initially rammed Watts Hall, the location of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, about 9:40 a.m., and at least two people got out of the car.

One person had a gun, while the second appeared to have a large knife, according to the Dispatch.

Jerry Kovacich, a third-year in welding engineering, told the school’s newspaper, The Lantern, that he witnessed a man in a car try to drive into a crowd of people after a fire alarm went off. After the car crashed, Kovacich told the newspaper he witnessed the man then attack bystanders with a knife.

“I didn’t see anything with the shooter, what happened was it was outside of MacQuigg Lab,” Kovacich told The Lantern. “The guy ended up just coming and hopping the curb with his car and trying to mow down a couple people. He lost control, and I think he ended up hitting three people, and then people were around the car. Somebody asked him if he was OK and the guy just hopped out of the car with a butcher knife and starting chasing people around.”

On Monday morning, at roughly 10 a.m. EST, one person was dead and nine people were injured at Ohio State University in an active shooter situation.

By 11 a.m. EST, The Columbus Dispatch reported, “Police are searching the area. There is intense police and SWAT activity at a garage at W. Lane Avenue and Tuttle Park Place on campus, just east of St. John Arena. Officers with long guns and two armored vehicles are seen there.”

The university’s emergency management department had tweeted “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.” That tweet was followed by another stating, “Continue to shelter in place in north campus area. Follow directions of Police on scene.” As ABC News explained,

“Run, hide, fight” is standard protocol for active shooter situations. It means: 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.

Ohio State has nearly 60,000 students at its main Columbus campus.

Some reports indicated there may be more than one shooter: