11 in­jured in Ohio State at­tack

Of­fi­cer kills man who hit, stabbed pedes­tri­ans

Baltimore Sun - - FRONT PAGE - By An­drew Welsh-Huggins and Julie Carr Smyth

A by­stander kneels Mon­day near the in­ter­sec­tion where a man, iden­ti­fied as a So­mali-born Ohio State Uni­ver­sity stu­dent, plowed his car into pedes­tri­ans and then got out and stabbed oth­ers with a butcher knife. The man was shot and killed by a cam­pus of­fi­cer. Au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether it was a ter­ror­ist at­tack.

COLUM­BUS, Ohio — A So­mali-born Ohio State Uni­ver­sity stu­dent plowed his car into a group of pedes­tri­ans on cam­pus and then got out and be­gan stab­bing peo­ple with a butcher knife Mon­day be­fore he was shot to death by an of­fi­cer.

Po­lice said they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether it was a ter­ror­ist at­tack.

Eleven peo­ple were hurt, one crit­i­cally.

The at­tacker was iden­ti­fied as Ab­dul Razak Ali Ar­tan. He was born in So­ma­lia and was a le­gal per­ma­nent U.S. res­i­dent, ac­cord­ing to a U.S. of­fi­cial who wasn’t au­tho­rized to dis­cuss the case and spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity. The FBI joined the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The de­tails emerged af­ter a morn­ing of con­fu­sion and con­flict­ing re­ports, cre­ated in part by a se­ries of tweets from the uni­ver­sity warn­ing that there was an “ac­tive shooter” on cam­pus and that stu­dents should “run, hide, fight.” The warn­ing was prompted by what turned out to be po­lice gun­fire.

Nu­mer­ous po­lice ve­hi­cles and am­bu­lances con­verged on the 60,000-stu­dent cam­pus, and au­thor­i­ties blocked off roads.

Stu­dents bar­ri­caded them­selves in­side of­fices and class­rooms, pil­ing chairs and desks in front of doors, be­fore get­ting the all-clear an hour and a half later.

Ohio State Po­lice Chief Craig Stone said that the as­sailant de­lib­er­ately drove his small gray Honda over a curb out­side an engi­neer­ing class­room build­ing and then be­gan knif­ing peo­ple. A cam­pus of­fi­cer who hap- pened to be nearby be­cause of a gas leak ar­rived on the scene and shot the driver in less than a minute, Stone said.

Ang­shu­man Kapil, a grad­u­ate stu­dent, was out­side Watts Hall when the car bar­reled onto the side­walk. “It just hit ev­ery­body who was in front,” he said. “Af­ter that ev­ery­body was shout­ing, ‘Run! Run! Run!’ ”

Stu­dent Martin Sch­nei­der said he heard the car’s en­gine revving.

“I thought it was an ac­ci­dent ini­tially un­til I saw the guy come out with a knife,” Sch­nei­der said, adding that the man didn’t say any­thing when he got out.

Most of the in­jured were hurt by the car, and at least two were stabbed, of­fi­cials said. One had a frac­tured skull.

Asked at a news con­fer­ence whether au­thor­i­ties were con­sid­er­ing the pos­si­bil­ity it was a ter­ror­ist act, Colum­bus Po­lice Chief Kim Ja­cobs said: “I think we have to con­sider that it is.”

Rep. Adam Schiff of Cal­i­for­nia, the top Demo­crat on the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee, said that while the at­tack is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it “bears all of the hall­marks of a ter­ror at­tack car­ried out by some- one who may have been sel­f­rad­i­cal­ized.”

“Here in the United States, our most im­me­di­ate threat still comes from lone at­tack­ers that are not only ca­pa­ble of un­leash­ing great harm, but are also ex­tremely dif­fi­cult, and in some cases, vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to iden­tify or in­ter­dict,” he said.

Pres­i­dent-elect Trump posted on Face­book that he was “watch­ing the news un­fold” in Colum­bus, adding: “Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the stu­dents and ad­min­is­tra­tion,” The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported.

Ohio State’s stu­dent news­pa­per, The Lan­tern, ran an in­ter­view in Au­gust with a stu­dent named Ab­dul Razak Ar­tan, who iden­ti­fied him­self as a Mus­lim and a third-year lo­gis­tics man­age­ment stu­dent who had just trans­ferred from Colum­bus State in the fall.

He said he was look­ing for a place to pray openly and wor­ried about how he would be re­ceived.

In re­cent months, fed­eral law en­force­ment of­fi­cials have raised con­cerns about on­line ex­trem­ist pro­pa­ganda that en­cour­ages knife and car at­tacks, which are eas­ier to pull off than bomb­ings.



Crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tors col­lect ev­i­dence Mon­day as po­lice re­spond to an at­tack at Ohio State Uni­ver­sity.


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