Ohio State officer stopped campus attacker in less than a minute; terrorism suspected

WEB UPDATE: Officials have updated the number of victims from nine to 11.

Ohio State under attack. Eleven innocent people hurt when an OSU student drove his car into a crowd, got out of his car and started stabbing people with a knife Monday morning.

The suspect - reportedly an 18-year-old Somali refugee named Abdul Razak Ali Artan - was a legal permanent resident and shot to death by OSU police officer Alan Horujko. The victims were rushed to the hospital and one in critical condition, the injuries are considered non-life-threatening.

"He struck pedestrians, he exited the vehicle and used a butcher knife to start cutting pedestrians," said Chief Craig Stone, Ohio State police. "Our officer was on scene in less than a minute, and he ended the situation in less than a minute."

"We're very fortunate that an OSU PD officer was there and took quick action," said Monica Hall, OSU director of public safety. "I believe that injuries were minimized as a result of that."

"Some people started running up," a student said. "A couple people were like 'Don't go to campus, there's an active shooter.'"

Just before 10 a.m. reports of an active shooter situation went out through social media - urging students to “run, hide, fight.”

But it wasn't what it seemed, instead the danger was a student in a car who jumped a curb to intentionally mow down pedestrians. Police say he then got out of his car and started stabbing people with a butcher knife.

Question: "Was there any evidence that this was a planned terror attack?"

"It is too early to say, but the only thing you can say based on common knowledge is that this was done on purpose," Stone said. "To go over the curb and strike pedestrians, and then to get out and start striking them with a knife, that was on purpose."

"I want to give our thoughts, prayers and hopes for a speedy recovery to all those who were injured," said OSU President Dr. Michael Drake. "We prepare for situations like this but always hope never to have one."

Many students credited the Buckeye Alert System which informed them to stay away and find shelter.


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