COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Classes resume today at the Ohio State University where an attack Monday left 11 injured and the suspect shot and killed by police.
Authorities in Columbus are trying to figure what motivated a Somali refugee to carry out a bloody knife attack at The Ohio State University that injured at least 11 people Monday.
The suspect was shot and killed by university police officer Alan Horujko.
The students came together in prayer last night; many had memories of Monday’s campus rampage fresh on their minds.
“We were moved to a classroom in the basement that could lock// It was kind of scary because we didn’t know much and couldn’t get service,” said Clara Young, student.
People on campus barricaded themselves in classrooms moments after police say Abdul-Razak Ali Artan intentionally rammed his car into a group of people outside.
“I think I saw three or four students being hit,” said Angshuman Kapil, student.
Authorities say the Somali-refugee then got out of the vehicle with a butcher knife and began stabbing onlookers.
“Our officer was on the scene in less than a minute, and he ended the scene in less than a minute,” said OSU Chief of Police Craig Stone.
Artan had recently transferred to Ohio State, after obtaining his Associates degree from a community college in the spring.
Law enforcement officials are looking into a post he allegedly made on Facebook shortly before the incident saying that he was sick of the way Muslims were being treated.
The school’s President is urging people not to rush to judgment.
“We don’t know anything that would link this to any community. We certainly don’t have any evidence to say that’s the case,” said Dr. Michael Drake, president of the Ohio State University.
So far, officials have searched Artan’s car and apartment complex. They are also investigating the incident as a possible terror attack.
Those injured in the attack include an Ohio State faculty member, four graduate students and three undergraduate students.