Ohio State attacker was Somali, US official says

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Scene on the campus of Ohio State University after an attack took place where 8 people where injured and attacker was killed (Twitter)

 

AURN’s Vicki Cohill reports…

 

Ohio State University released a statement Monday afternoon:

Ohio State University Police and local law enforcement continue to respond to a public safety incident on Ohio State’s campus. A suspect has been shot and reported deceased. Victim injuries include stab wounds, injury by motor vehicle and other injuries that are being evaluated. At the recommendation of law enforcement, campus alerts for shelter in place have been lifted. Campus remains open during the continued investigation, although classes have been canceled for the remainder of the day. Facts are still being verified. We will hold a media briefing as soon as we are able. The university will continue to share information through Buckeye Alert and emergency.osu.edu. Our top priority remains the safety and security of our campus community. Our thoughts and prayers are with those injured and their families.

 

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UPDATED: 6:48PM EST

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Abdul Razaq Ali Artan. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kevin Stankiewicz / The Lantern an Ohio State publication)

Leaders of mosques and Muslim organizations in Ohio say they’re heartbroken and strongly condemn an attack at Ohio State University that has left 11 people injured.

University officials and police say a man who drove a car into pedestrians and began stabbing people on campus Monday before being shot and killed by police was a student. The university’s student newspaper ran an interview in August with a student with the same name identifying himself as a Muslim.

A U.S. official who wasn’t authorized to talk about the case has told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity the man was born in Somalia and was a legal permanent resident of the U.S.

Law enforcement officials are investigating the attacker’s motivations and background.

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UPDATED:  1:25PM EST

Ohio State police say the attacker on campus purposely drove over a curb and into pedestrians and then got out of the vehicle and began stabbing people with a butcher knife.

Police Chief Craig Stone spoke early Monday afternoon at a news conference.

Authorities also said police believe that there was only one attacker. Ohio State said earlier that the suspect had been shot and killed.

The university had sent out a series of tweets at around 10 a.m. Monday saying there was an active shooter on campus and that shooters should run, hide or fight. About an hour and a half later, the university said a shelter-in-place warning had been lifted and the scene was secure.

Authorities said later that it doesn’t appear that the suspect used a gun in the attack.

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The fire department says eight people have been sent to the hospital after an active shooter was reported at Ohio State University.

The Columbus Fire Department says two of those people are in stable condition. It had no information on the other five people.

Ohio State University warned students in a series of tweets Monday morning that there was an active shooter on campus and that they should run, hide or fight.

One tweet says: “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.” Watts Hall is a materials science and engineering building.

UPDATED:  12:39PM

A spokesman for Ohio State University says injuries in the attack on campus included stab wounds and being struck by a vehicle.

According to confirmed reports, one of two attackers was killed by police.

 

Source: AURN/Associated Press

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