Police looking into Ohio State University attack as terrorism


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WBAY) —  The man who attacked people at Ohio State University with a car and a butcher knife was a student at the school.

Ohio State University authorities confirm it was Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who a U.S. official says was born in Somalia and living in the United States as a legal, permanent resident. It was unclear when Artan came to the U.S.

Officer Alan Horjuko, credited with shooting and stopping the attacker in the Nov. 28, 2016, attack on OSU campus (Ohio State University photo)
Officer Alan Horjuko, credited with shooting and stopping the attacker in the Nov. 28, 2016, attack on OSU campus (Ohio State University photo)

Authorities now say eleven people were injured in Monday morning’s attack on the Columbus campus, one critically. That’s two more than earlier reported. Victims include a faculty member, four graduate students and three undergrads.

Ohio State University Police say Artan purposely drove over curb into pedestrians, got out and stabbed people. A witness, student Martin Schneider, says the attacker didn’t say anything.

Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone says an officer who was nearby because of an earlier gas leak shot and killed the attacker. He’s identified as Officer Alan Horujko (pictured right).

OSU Director of Public Safety Monica Moll said “We all owe a debt of gratitude” to him.

A police chief says authorities are looking into whether the attack was related to terrorism.

Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs was asked at a news conference Monday afternoon whether authorities were considering the possibility that it was a terror attack. Jacobs answered, “I think we have to consider that it is.”

Authorities say they were able to get photos of the suspect’s vehicle driving onto campus and confirmed only one person was in the car.

Details started to emerge after a morning of confusion and conflicting reports of a shooter on campus which began with an alert from Ohio State University Police.

Police sent the alert at about 9:56 a.m. Eastern time: “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.” Watts Hall is the Material Science and Engineering building for campus.

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An order for people on campus to shelter in place was lifted around quarter after 11.

All classes on the main campus were canceled for the rest of the day.

Copyright 2016 WBAY. The Associated Press and our Media General sister station WCMH-TV contributed to this report.

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