Ohio State Attacker Identified As Somali Refugee
Abdul Razak Ali Artan reportedly came to the United States as a legal permanent resident in 2014
The suspect in Monday’s attack at Ohio State University has been identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, an 18-year-old Somali refugee, according to published reports.
NBC News reported Monday that Ali Artan “left his homeland with his family in 2007, lived in Pakistan and then came to the United States in 2014 as a legal permanent resident of the United States.”
Ali Artan drove his car into a crowd of people and then continued the attack with a butcher knife on Monday morning, according the school’s president. As many as 10 people were wounded and taken to a local hospital, and the assailant was shot and killed.
The attacker was initially reported to have been using a gun. “Active Shooter on campus,” read a tweet posted on OSU’s official account on Monday morning. It urged students to “Run Hide Fight” and a shelter-in-place directive was issued. It’s since been lifted, but all classes are suspended on the Columbus, Ohio campus.
Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.
— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 28, 2016
“A suspect has been shot and reported deceased,” the university wrote in a statement released early afternoon. “Victim injuries include stab wounds, injury by motor vehicle and other injuries that are being evaluated.”
Students at the university took to social media to spread the warning. Posts showed a massive police response.
On YikYak, a location-based chat app often used on campuses, students urged each other to be cautious. “Active shooter. Get inside and stay there,” a student posted. “I know it’s tempting for some to see the action, but don’t get in police/EMS’s way. Let them do their job.”
The campus is Ohio State’s flagship, in the capital city of Columbus, with nearly 60,000 students.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.