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Ohio State Campus Attacker Identified

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At least nine people were injured by a man who plowed his car into a group of pedestrians and then began to stab them with a butcher knife on Monday on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

The subject, identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a student at the school was killed by a campus policeman, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

At least two people were being treated for stab wounds, four were injured by the car and two others were being treated for cuts, university officials said.

Officials said terrorism has not been ruled out as a motive. 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.”

The attack came as students were returning to classes following the Thanksgiving holiday break and Ohio State’s football victory over rival Michigan that brought more than 100,000 fans to campus on Saturday.

Rachel LeMaster, who works in the engineering college, said a fire alarm sounded on campus.

“There were several moments of chaos,” she said. “We barricaded ourselves like we’re supposed to since it was right outside our door and just hunkered down.”

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.

Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone said that the assailant deliberately drove over a curb outside a classroom building and then got out and began attacking people with the knife. A campus officer who happened to be nearby because of a gas leak arrived on the scene and shot the driver in less than a minute, Stone said.

The university issued several tweets warning the campus that an “active shooter”  was on campus and that they should “run, hide, fight.” Numerous police vehicles and ambulances converged on the 60,000-student campus, and authorities blocked off roads.

After the active shooter warning was lifted and the university declared the scene secure, the school said all classes would be canceled for the rest of the day.


Image: A car inside a police line sits on the sidewalk as authorities respond to an attack on campus at Ohio State University. AP / John Minchillo