Investigators believe OSU campus attacker may have been self-radicalized

Investigators are learning more about the Ohio State student who injured 11 people with his car and a knife.

Police are digging through his Facebook account and now believe he may have been self-radicalized. Meanwhile, it's back to class for students Tuesday morning on campus - one day after the violent attack.

Abdul Razak Ali Artan was shot dead by a campus police officer after ramming his car into a crowd of pedestrians then stabbing others with a butcher knife. Eleven people hospitalized.

"I see it was pretty isolated, that makes me feel a little better," said student Allie Stevens. "I think people feel a little better with everyone checking on each other yesterday and, you feel like you have a lot of people looking out for you."

"It is not like a terrorist attack, (but) it’s probably worse for the Muslims in our community in general," said student Anthony Russo. "Everyone is going to be skittish with them. Everyone (on campus) gets along, but now there might be a lot of people looking back and forth at each other - and that's probably the most unfortunate part."

Other students talked about the quick response by campus police. Officer Alan Horujko is being praised for his quick  response - only firing his weapon after Artan refused to drop the butcher knife.

Now the focus on Artan, a Somali refugee, a permanent legal resident and a recent transfer to Ohio State from Columbus State where he graduated with honors.

He was interviewed by Ohio State's campus newspaper in August on his first day here he expressed concerns about where he would pray, and how the media portrays Muslims.

"We would urge people not to jump to conclusions and let the police do their job," said Jennifer Nimer, legal director of CAIR Ohio. "Responding to a senseless act of violence with hate is never the solution."

Now investigators - including the FBI - reviewing evidence collected during a search of his home - and his social media posts - including one on Facebook shortly before the attack where he reportedly expresses despair over the treatment of Muslims.

The students FOX 2 spoke with were pretty comfortable heading back to class knowing that counseling is available.

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