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Officials: Ohio State University suspect used car, butcher knife in attack

Officials: Ohio State University suspect used car, butcher knife in attack
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An unidentified male suspect hit a crowd of pedestrians with a car before stabbing several people with a butcher knife in an attack on the Ohio State University campus Monday morning, officials said at a news conference. 

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A motive for the suspect, who was killed at the scene by an officer after injuring nine people, has not been disclosed. The officer was on the scene in less than a minute and killed the suspect less than a minute later, police said. 

The man is believed to be the only suspect in the attack.

Sources told NBC News the suspect was an 18-year-old Ohio State student. The Somali refugee was a legal permanent resident of the United States, they added.

Columbus, Ohio Police Chief Kimberley Jacobs said authorities have to consider the possibility that the incident was a terrorist attack.

Ohio State University Police Chief Craig Stone told reporters at the news conference that nine victims were transported to local hospitals. Eight are in stable condition and one is in critical condition, he said. 

Injuries range from stab wounds to injuries sustained from being hit by the car, officials said. 

"This was done on purpose," Stone added.

The attack was first reported as an active shooter incident by Ohio State's emergency management account, but officials said there is no indication a firearm was used in the attack. 

Ohio State University President Michael Drake thanked first responders and said he would visit the victims later in the day. 

"I want to give our thoughts and prayers and hopes and wishes for a speedy recovery to all of those who were injured," Drake said. 

"I want to commend our OSU police and the other police agencies who responded."

Ohio State is one of the largest universities in the nation, with nearly 60,000 students. A shelter in place order has been lifted and classes have been canceled for the remainder of the day. 

--This report was updated at 1:41 p.m.