COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A director of public safety says a man who drove a car into pedestrians and began stabbing people at Ohio State was a student at the school.
Ohio State Department of Public Safety Director Monica Moll also identified the now-deceased suspect as Abdul Razak Ali Artan.
A U.S. official earlier told The Associated Press that he was born in Somalia and living in the United States as a legal permanent resident. The official wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss details of the ongoing case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Authorities say Artan was shot to death by a police officer Monday morning shortly after he drove up onto a curb into pedestrians, got out of the car and began stabbing people with a butcher knife.
Nine people were injured, including one critically.
Officials report that the suspect drove onto the curb, intentionally hitting pedestrians. Then the suspect got out of the car and started attacking people with a butcher knife.
Police arrived on scene within a minute of the attack, shooting and killing the suspect.
This suspect is believed to be the only attacker.
COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH) — Police confirm the suspect involved in an attack on the campus of Ohio State University is now dead. Nine victims are currently being treated.
Columbus fire officials tell NBC4 eight people were transported to local hospitals. Seven of those victims are in stable condition and one victim is in critical condition. A ninth victim is being treated on scene and may or may not be transported to the hospital.
The alert said, “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.”
A following alert told students to “continue to shelter in place. Wait for Police officers directions. Please contact Police / 9-1-1 only if you have information.”
Sophomore Wyatt Crosher said he heard what he thought was gunfire coming from a class building.
“My roommate and I heard about three or four gunshots from across the street, and soon after we heard a bunch of police and ambulances pull up across the street,” the 19-year-old said.
Ohio State University announced around 11:30 am that the crime scene is secure and the shelter in place order was lifted. However, classes on the Columbus campus are cancelled for the rest of Monday. The school also released a list of buildings that are closed because of the investigation.
Watts Hall is the Material Science and Engineering building for campus.