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Ohio State U Suspect Identified And Reported Dead After Deadly Campus Attack


A student from the Ohio State University plowed a car into campus hitting people and stabbing others with a butcher knife on Monday morning. The attack ended when the suspect was shot dead by a police officer.

NBC News reported that the suspect has been identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, an 18-year-old student. It was added that Artan posted a rant on his Facebook page about reaching a "boiling point" and even made references about "lone wolf attacks" as well as radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

"America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially Muslim Ummah [community]," the post read. "We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that."

The authorities have not been able to see a motive behind the attack, which injured 11 people. Investigators are reportedly trying to determine whether Artan was pushed by personal problems or something else.

University officials noted that a police officer came to the scene within a minute and killed the attacker. "He engaged the suspect and eliminated the threat," OSU Police Chief Craig Stone said.

According to USA Today College, Ohio State University students were urged by the school to "run, hide, fight" in a warning about the active shooter. Artan was revealed to be a Somali-born legal permanent resident in the United States.

It was noted that Artan rammed his car into a group of pedestrians. He then jumped out of the car and started to stab people with a knife. One person was reportedly in critical condition.

Business Insider added that The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemned the attack at Ohio State University on Monday. The group also asked the public to not rush into judging the assailant's motives.

"Like all of our fellow Columbus citizens we are saddened and heartbroken by this senseless act of violence and we want to condemn in the strongest possible terms this and any other kind senseless violent act," Jennifer Nimer, Legal Director for the Ohio Chapter of CAIR, said.

Muslim and Somali community members urged the public not to jump to conclusions about the attack. Investigators are still looking into the motivations of the suspect.

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