Multiple shooting deaths in Ohio

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At least five people have been found dead from a shooting in West Jefferson, Ohio, a suburb of the state's capital and largest city, Columbus, local media reports say.

Two Columbus-based television stations said at least three people were found shot dead in a building, with more victims dead outside at the same location, though a precise number of casualties was not immediately confirmed.

Both TV stations, WSYX and WCMH, cited West Jefferson Police Chief Chris Floyd as the source of their information.

Floyd added that the shooting took place on a dead-end street, which led him to believe that the victims had been targeted, WSYX reported.

WCMH said the crime scene was a home in West Jefferson, a town of about 4000 residents about 24km west of Columbus.

Police were alerted to the shooting by a passerby who called the emergency number 911, according to WSYX. Officers secured the scene and began looking for a suspect and evidence, the station reported.