His name is Abdul Razak Ali Artan and he is the suspect who rammed a car into students at Ohio State University then went on a rampage slashing passers-by with a butcher knife, injuring 11 more students.
Now we have learned that he allegedly had started complaining to the campus newspaper back in August of this year that the campus did not have enough prayer rooms.
This is a man who emigrated to the United States two years ago in 2014. He was a refugee whose family left Somalia in 2007 to spend seven years in Pakistan, before becoming legal permanent residents of the U.S. in 2014. Back in August he was profiled in a segment titled: “Humans of Ohio State” where he had no problem complaining.
“This place is huge, I don’t even know where to pray.” He had also stated that he wanted to pray out in the open but was in fear because of the recent media coverage.
“If people look at me a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, whats going to happen.” Artan then railed against the media saying, “its the media that puts that picture in their heads so they’re going to have it and it, it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable.” Artan eventually decided to pray in a corner on his first day at the university.
Then he went on further to say:
“We have to consider that it is” a terrorist attack, Columbus Ohio Police Chief Kim Jacobs told reporters Monday. Jacobs elaborated that police “engaged the suspect and eliminated the threat.” Reports indicate he allegedly swerved his car onto the curb striking students, before attacking other students with a butcher knife.
Then a few months later…he rams students with a car then slashes more with a freaking BUTCHER’S KNIFE!
…and he was pointing a finger at media for making Muslims look dangerous and unpredictable? That maybe in part true, but those that are misunderstood because of media, are REALLY misunderstood when Muslims ACTUALLY DO become dangerous and unpredictable just like he did!
What in the hell was he thinking?!?!? It’s all terrifying, and frustrating.
At this time his actual motive is still unknown, and updates will be posted as received.
Prayers going out to all those involved and affected by this terror.