Authorities in the US state of Ohio are investigating shootings with 'multiple fatalities' in the town of Peebles, in Pike County, approximately 65 miles east of Cincinnati.
According to NBC News affiliate, WLWT, officers were dispatched to the small town at around 8:21am local time.
There are unconfirmed reports that at least seven people have been killed.
"I cannot confirm seven dead, I can only confirm multiple deceased," Jill Del Greco, public information officer for Attorney General Mike DeWine, told NBC.
She added that she was unaware of any arrests.
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Michelle Knight, who spent 11 years in captivity after being kidnapped by Ariel Castro, has relived horrifying aspects of her ordeal in a US TV interview.
The 32-year-old told the Dr Phil show how Castro "tied me up like a fish, an ornament on the wall."
Castro, who was jailed for life, died in an apparent suicide in prison in September.
On the day of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro's death in his prison cell, prison officers falsified logs and didn't properly complete rounds, according to a state report released today.
A review by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction found that rounds were missed and logs falsified in the six hours before Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell on 3 September.
Castro had been serving a sentence of life plus 1,000 years for the abduction, torture and detention of three Cleveland women. He had been taken off suicide watch in June but was supposed to have been checked on every 30 minutes by guards.
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Michelle Knight smiled as her former captor Ariel Castro was taken out of court to begin his life sentence.
Ariel Castro has been sentenced to a total of 1,000 years in prison as well as a £100,000 fine for all of the 937 charges he faced.
Sentencing Judge Michael Russo told Castro: "You callously set out to do wrong" and spoke of Castro's"narcissism."