After the stabbings at Ohio State University it has been confirmed that nine people were injured as a result of the terrorist attack. The suspect was shot and killed when police arrived. The scene was secured and a lock down ensued. Eventually they were released at 11:30 a.m. One of the victims is in critical condition and the other nine are in stable condition.
The suspect is eighteen year old Abdul Razak Ali Artain who came to the United States as a Somali refugee and granted a permanent legal resident status. He was also a student at Ohio State University where his apartment was raided by law enforcement and a bomb squad.
The attack was done so singularly. The suspect acted alone and it was planned as well as coordinated in advance. The motive is still being investigated but reports indicate they are pretty sure they are leaning towards terrorism.
Ohio State University officials released a statement saying,
“injuries include stab wounds, injury by motor vehicle and other injuries that are being evaluated.”
Students posted photographs to social media of themselves barricading classrooms in with chairs and furniture. An unidentified man posted to Reddit the following,
“I was about ~50 ft away from what happened. A fire alarm went off in our building and everyone went into a nearby courtyard. I think the fire alarm was legit, but I can’t be positive. Ambulance, cops, and firefighters were already there/were about to leave. A really beat up car drove into the crowd that was gathered in the courtyard.
Our initial reaction was to run towards the scene because we assumed it was just a tragic mistake. It took the guy time to get out of the car, but he ran from his car swinging wildly with a really odd looking knife. He was yelling like mad. I booked it out of there and spent an hour and a half in lockdown in a geography professor’s office.”
Many eyewitnesses spoke to the media about what they saw and heard. Some were there when it happened. Others were mere feet away from the incident. While another man saw from the window as the assailant was shot running towards the police screaming.
OSU Public Safety Director Monica Moll told the media that OSU police officer Alan Horujko was close to Watts Hall when the assailant drove his car into a crowd of civilians. Furthermore, that Officer Horujko,
“engaged the suspect, who was attacking people with a butcher knife, and shot and killed him within minutes. The threat ended when the officer shot the suspect. Injuries were minimized due to the rapid reaction of campus police.”
Officer Horujko was employed as of January 2015 and was uninjured in the process. Police officers are still responding to the scene for the ongoing investigation. All new information will be released via Buckeye Alert on Twitter and emergency.osu.edu. The college released a statement saying,
“our top priority remains the safety and security of our campus community. Our thoughts and prayers are with those injured and their families.”
All classes for the day were cancelled on campus. Governor John Kasich tweeted a message saying,
“Ohio’s thoughts and prayers go out to the Ohio State community. Be safe, listen to first responders.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Ohio State University community and the fine men and women in blue as well as first responders who made sure as few people were injured as possible.