On Monday morning, just before 10am local time, students at Ohio State University (OSU) were put on high alert, as the university’s emergency system warned of an “active shooter on campus” via Twitter.
According to USA Today College, the attacker was 20-year-old Somali immigrant Abdul Razak Ali Artan.
Artan, a third-year logistics management student at OSU, was said to have driven a car into a group of people before getting out of the car and attacking those in the vicinity with a knife.
Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.
— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 28, 2016
Media reports said that up to eleven people were hospitalized following the incident, but did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
Artan was fatally shot by campus police officer Alan Horujko, and authorities – including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – are currently investigating the motive behind the attack.
Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said terrorism had not been ruled out. “That’s why our federal partners are here and helping,” she said.
There’s a lot information swirling about today’s attack at Ohio State University. Here’s what you need to know: https://t.co/RX7Vt4279o
— USA TODAY College (@USATODAYcollege) November 28, 2016
In May, FBI Director James Comey said the radical Islamist group Islamic State was finding it more difficult to recruit militants from the U.S. and have them travel to Syria.
However, the agency noted a rise in incidents where Islamic State sympathizers based in the U.S. were being used to plan terror attacks within the country.
Multiple news outlets reported that Artan was a legal U.S. permanent resident and had studied at a nearby community college prior to coming to OSU.
Columbus State Community College spokesman Allen Kraus said that Artan had no record of behavioral or disciplinary issues during his time at college, and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree earlier this year.
— The Lantern (@TheLantern) November 28, 2016
Just three months ago, Artan was featured in the university’s newspaper The Lantern for its ‘Humans of Ohio State’ section.
In it, Artan had told the paper: “I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be.”
He added that he didn’t blame people for having certain perceptions of Muslims. “It’s the media that put that picture in their heads so they’re just going to have it.”
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