The Monday morning incident at Ohio State University, initially reported as a campus shooting, was actually a vehicle ramming and knife attack. 11 people, including students, faculty and a university employee, were injured before a campus police officer shot and killed the suspect.
The University has identified the attacker as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, an enrolled student. Originally a Somali refugee who came to the United States in 2014, Artan had already gained legal and permanent residence in the country.
According to Newsweek, he drove a car into a group of pedestrians and then proceeded to slash people nearby with a butcher knife.
The article confirms that a campus alert was initially issued around 10 a.m. instructing students to “run hide fight.” Classes were canceled for the day and 14 buildings were closed.
Ohio State students responded to the incident by barricading themselves inside classrooms with chairs. One student posted a photo on Twitter asking everyone to pray for Ohio State.
According to CNN, Artan wrote a Facebook post before his attack disparaging the United States' interference in Muslim countries and treatment of Muslims at large, though investigators are waiting to declare the incident a terrorist act.
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