Somali refugee suspect in Ohio State Attack

NBC News

An Ohio State University student plowed a car into a campus crowd, then jumped out and started stabbing people with a butcher knife before being shot dead by police Monday morning, officials said.

Nine people were taken to hospitals after the ambush, and one was in critical condition. The incident was initially reported as an “active shooter” situation, but the suspect did not shoot anyone.  

A police officer was on the scene within a minute and killed the assailant. “He engaged the suspect and eliminated the threat,” OSU Police Chief Craig Stone said.

Law enforcement officials told NBC News the suspect’s name is 18-year-old Abdul Artan, a student at the university. He was a Somali refugee who 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, officials said.

The motive was unknown, but officials said the attack was clearly deliberate and may have been planned in advance.

“This was done on purpose,” Stone said.

A campus lockdown was lifted about 11:30 a.m., some 90 minutes after the violence unfolded on the Columbus, Ohio, campus, where 60,000 students are enrolled.

5 thoughts on “Somali refugee suspect in Ohio State Attack

  1. “A police officer was on the scene within a minute and killed the assailant.”



    “The motive was unknown,…”

    They’ll come up with the one that best suits their purpose.

      1. Apparently, a witness in another article stated that the car hit the pig before anything else.

        If true, that would explain the rapid (‘in fear for their miserable, worthless lives’) response.

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