At least three people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at Michigan State University.

The report says another five people were injured in the attack at the main campus in the city of East Lansing late on Monday.

The State Police described the suspect as “a black male, shorter in stature”. They later said he was 43 years old with no known affiliation with the university.

Students and local residents were told to shelter in place during the man-hunt, however, police later lifted it, saying there was “no longer a threat to campus”.

They added that the suspect “had been located off campus”.

In photos released earlier, the suspect was wearing a denim jacket, a navy baseball cap and red trainers.

The shooting started shortly after 20:00 local time on Monday, 01:00 GMT Tuesday.

Police officers responded to the attack, finding victims at the Berkey Hall on the campus’ North-side, and the adjacent Michigan State University Union building.

At a news briefing, the police said, there were several crime locations, and their investigation continues, as the attacker’s motive is yet to be known.

A number of ambulances were seen arriving at the scene, to rescue the injured as some of them believed to be in a life-threatening condition – are now being treated in hospital.

“This truly has been a nightmare that we are living tonight,” said Deputy Chief Chris Rozman of the university’s police force.

All campus activities have been halted for at least 48 hours. East Lansing lies about 70 miles, 112km, North-west of Detroit.

BBC/Taiwo Akinola

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