CINCINNATI (AP) - A shooting involving multiple fatalities was reported in rural Ohio on Friday morning, but details on the number of deaths and the whereabouts of the suspect or suspects weren't immediately clear.
The attorney general's office said a dozen Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents had been called to Pike County, an economically struggling area in the Appalachian region some 80 miles east of Cincinnati. Spokesman Dan Tierney says the Pike County sheriff's office requested state help at 8:20 a.m.
Tierney had no information on whether a suspect was in custody. He also had no confirmation on the number of fatalities.
Multiple news outlets reported there was more than one crime scene. TV reports from the scene said a staging area has been set up with ambulances and fire personnel.
Peebles High School imposed a precautionary lockout Friday morning after authorities notified the superintendent of shootings that had occurred a few miles away, according to Regina Bennington, secretary to the superintendent for the Adams County Ohio Valley Schools district.
High school officials said the school was back to normal operations later Friday morning.
Several news outlets reported that at least one shooting was in or near a residence.
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