Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a student in the College of Business at Ohio State University, has been identified as the suspect who injured 11 people on the Ohio State University campus on Monday by running a car into a group of people, then slashing others with a butcher knife, reports the Columbus Dispatch. Less than a minute after the attack, a university police officer shot and killed Artan, 18. He graduated with honors from Columbus State Community College in May before transferring to Ohio State.
The attack happened outside of a building that had been evacuated because of a report of a gas leak. Officer Alan Horujko said he had just cleared the scene from the gas-leak alarm when he saw a car strike several pedestrians who had been evacuated into the courtyard outside. He said the driver got out of the car with a large knife and began attacking people, and he ordered the man to drop the knife. The man refused to drop the knife and he immediately was shot and killed. Everyone who was injured is expected to survive. in a random interview in August, Artan told the Ohio State University Lantern newspaper that as a Muslim, he was having a hard time figuring out where to do his required prayers several times each day. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said the act bore the hallmarks of an attack by someone who may have been self-radicalized, the Associated Press reports.