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CINCINNATI (AP) _ Authorities say there have been shootings involving multiple fatalities in rural Ohio.

The attorney general’s office says a dozen Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents have been called to Pike County. Spokesman Dan Tierney says the Pike County sheriff’s office requested state help at 8:20 a.m. Friday.

Tierney had no information on whether a suspect was in custody. He also had no confirmation on the number of fatalities.

Multiple news outlets are reporting there is more than one crime scene. TV reports from the scene say a staging area has been set up with ambulances and fire personnel.

Pike County is in a predominantly rural Appalachian Mountain region some 80 miles east of Cincinnati.

Several news outlets reported that the shooting was in or near a residence.