Earlier today, an Ohio State University student ran his car into a crowd on campus then began stabbing people in the vicinity with a butcher knife. He was eventually killed by police. The attack began around 10 a.m.
The suspect has since been identified as Abdul Razaq Ali Artan, an 18-year-old student at the university and Somali refugee who left his homeland in 2007 and arrived to the United States as a permanent citizen in 2014 after briefly being relocated to Pakistan.
“All these people were running and screaming and yelling,” Nicole Kreinbrink, who was walking down the street when she saw the car hit people who had just evacuated a building during a fire alarm, told NBC news.
The campus was placed on lock-down and police arrived on the scene. At least 9 people were taken to the hospital to be treated for their wounds which included the stabbing and vehicular assault injuries. The incident was initially misreported as an “active shooter” situation, but the suspect did not have a gun.
The attack was deliberate although motives are still unknown. The suspect is reported to have posted a rant on social media prior to this morning.
Investigators are still trying to identify whether anyone else was involved in the planning but it appears the suspect acted alone.