An on-campus police officer shot and killed the 18-year-old U.S. permanent resident, ending his rampage
In the morning of Nov. 28, Abdul Razak Ali Artan drove his car into a crowd of people at Ohio State University, then got out and slashed at them with a butcher knife. He wounded 11 people, one critically, before being fatally shot by a police officer.
The Somali-born Artan had arrived in the U.S. in 2014 and was a legal permanent resident, officials told AP and NBC. He spent seven years in Pakistan after leaving Somalia with his family.
Artan was profiled in the school newspaper’s ‘Humans of Ohio State’ the first day he attended OSU. He was a practicing Muslim who had no disciplinary issues at a previous college he’d attended.
“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media,” Artan was quoted as saying in August.
“To go over the curb and strike pedestrians and to get out and start striking them with a knife, that was on purpose,” Craig Stone, the Ohio State University campus police chief, told reporters. “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.”
Fox News reported that a fire alarm was pulled in the nearby building which forced the students outside before the vehicle struck them.
About 60,000 people attend OSU.
Featured image: Participants in a vigil at Jacob’s Porch pray following the car and knife attack on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on November 28, 2016. Credit: Paul Vernon/AFP/Getty Images