The Ohio State University was on lockdown Monday after a car rammed into a crowd. A knife-wielding attacker is believed to have got out of the car, stabbed and injured at least nine people after that.
The attacker, identified as a Somali refugee Abdul Razak Ali Artan, was shot dead at the scene.
As specified by sources, Ali Artan was a student of the Ohio State University and lived near the campus. He often claimed to be a legal resident of the U.S, confirmed those who knew the Somalian immigrant.
The attack was a pure case of an active shooter on loose, having committed the crime on purpose. Ali Artan launched the attack around 9:52am Monday morning, ABC News confirmed.
“To go over the curb and strike pedestrians and to get out and start striking them with a knife, that was on purpose,” according to campus Police Chief Craig Stone.
“Our officers were on the scene in less than a minute and he ended the situation less than a minute. He engaged the suspect and he eliminated the threat. The suspect is DOA,” Stone confirmed.
The University declared the situation under control a little over an hour after the attack. That being said, classes were suspended for the rest of the day. The school’s current capacity has been recorded at 65,000 students as of last year.
According to the Ohio State Police Department, Ali Artan drove over a curb into pedestrians, got out and stabbed people with a butcher knife during the alleged attack.
Going by the statements of witnesses, people evacuated the Watts Hall following a fire alarm. The attacker’s car then came along and started ramming on the people who were trying to evacuate the building.
According to CNBC, the attacked drew White House’s attention with President Barrack Obama asking for updates on the investigation.
Shortly after 10 a.m., the Ohio State University posted a tweet requesting people to “Run Hide Fight” in attempt to deal with akin situations.