Attack at Ohio State University, 11 injured

The Columbus Fire Department confirmed at least 11 people were injured in an attack at Ohio State University.

One person was in critical condition, 7 in stable condition and one person was evaluated at the scene. One suspect is dead, Ohio State University confirmed in a statement.

The attack was initially reported by OSU as an "active shooter" incident, but the suspect actually used a car and knife to inflict injuries on the victims.

Full statement from Ohio State University

"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."

"Today, our campus community experienced a violent and frightening act," Ohio State President Michael Drake said. "Ohio State University Police and local law enforcement continue to investigate, and additional information will be posted as it becomes available to emergency.osu.edu. We wish those injured a speedy and complete recovery; and our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families."

Attacker a student from Somalia

The Associated Press reports a U.S. official identified the now-deceased suspect as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, an 18-year-old man born in Somalia and living in the United States as a legal permanent resident. Artan was a student at Ohio State.

Artan was featured in a school newspaper where he shared that he's a Muslim who didn't know where to pray, as a new student on a campus without prayer rooms. Artan said he was scared of praying in the open because of "how he might be perceived."

Police officer identified

Ohio State University Police have confirmed Officer Alan Horujko shot and killed the suspect Monday morning. Officer Horujko, 28, is a 2012 Ohio State gradudate. He was hired as an Ohio State University Police officer on Jan. 11, 2015.

'This was done on purpose'

Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said police were looking into whether it was a terrorist attack, as the motive remains unclear. Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone said the attacker purposely drove over a curb and into pedestrians.

"This was done on purpose," he said.

ISIS has called for knife, car attacks

In recent propaganda, ISIS has urged its followers to use knives and vehicles as weapons in lone wolf attacks in the West – such as the truck attack in Nice, France that killed 84 people, and the stabbings at the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota that injured 10 people. FOX 9 INVESTIGATORS: Terrorists using trucks for mass killings

Students describe scene

Students who were in Watts Hall told ABC 6/FOX 28 a fire alarm went off, causing students to evacuate the building. After firefighters responded and cleared the scene, students said a car jumped the curb and drove toward the crowd of students. After the car struck a planter, a man jumped out with a large knife and began attacking.

Hospital update

"At this time, we are treating 4 victims at OSU Wexner Medical Center, none with life-threatening injuries," Wexner Medical Center said in a statement.

Buckeye Alert

The Ohio State University's Buckeye Alert system told the campus community to shelter in place as an active shooter was reported in the area of Watts Hall at 19th Avenue and College Road just before 10 a.m. ET. The school’s Twitter account directed people in the north campus area to shelter in place and follow the directions of police on the scene.

All exits from Highway 315 to Ohio State's campus were closed, and several roads leading into campus were closed.

Shelter in place lifted

At 11:14 a.m. ET, the shelter in place order was lifted, but law enforcement will continue to have a visible presence on campus Monday. All classes on the Columbus campus have been canceled for the remainder of the day. The campus remains open, but the following buildings will be closed until further notice:

CBEC

Nineteenth Ave140 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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