11 injured, suspect dead in attack at Ohio State University

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Eleven people were injured in an attack on Ohio State University's campus Monday morning. 

The suspect, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, was shot and killed by police. Artan, a Somali native who is a permanent US resident, is an Ohio State student, according to the college's directory. 

Police said Artan purposefully drove over a curb into pedestrians and then got out of the vehicle before stabbing people with a butcher knife.

Alan Horujko, a 28-year-old OSU police officer, responded to the scene. 

Officials said Horujko, a two-year veteran of the force, got to the scene in less than a minute and ended the situation in less than a minute.

THE LATEST:

  • 11 people were injured. Some were taken to Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center. Others are at two Columbus area hospitals.
  • Two people were taken out of a parking garage in handcuffs, but they are not considered to be suspects at this time, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said.
  • The attack began around 9:52 a.m. EST at Watts Hall, an engineering building
  • Some victims were stabbed and others were hit by a vehicle, according to a campus spokesperson
  • Ohio Governor John Kasich was expected to be at a nearby hospital for an event that is now postponed
  • Federal agents were on scene
  • No police officers were shot
  • One educator inside Watts Hall was stabbed or slashed by a machete, according to witnesses
  • All classes were canceled Monday, according to Buckeye Alerts
  • The scene is now secure, Ohio State Emergency Management tweeted around 11:30 a.m. EST Monday
  • The Ohio State law enforcement is under investigation for shooting the suspect
  • Facebook activated its safety check. Make sure your friends, family and loved ones are safe here.

The university released the following statement: 

Ohio State University Police and local law enforcement continue to respond to a public safety incident on Ohio State's campus. A suspect has been shot and reported deceased. Victim injuries include stab wounds, injury by motor vehicle and other injuries that are being evaluated. At the recommendation of law enforcement, campus alerts for shelter in place have been lifted. Campus remains open during the continued investigation, although classes have been canceled for the remainder of the day. Facts are still being verified. We will hold a media briefing as soon as we are able. The university will continue to share information through Buckeye Alert and emergency.osu.edu. Our top priority remains the safety and security of our campus community. Our thoughts and prayers are with those injured and their families.

 

The following buildings are currently closed:

  • CBEC
  • Nineteenth Ave, 140 W (Old Koffolt)
  • MacQuigg
  • Watts
  • Fontana
  • Smith
  • McPherson
  • Celeste
  • Newman Wolfrom Lab
  • Evans
  • Arps Garage ( can leave via 18th Ave. exit, but cannot enter)
  • Arps Hall
  • Ramseyer East Regional Chilled Water
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