Law enforcement officials have identified the suspect in Monday’s Ohio State University attack.
Eighteen-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan was a first-year student at the school and a refugee from Somalia. After leaving his homeland in 2007, Artan lived in Pakistan and then came to the United States in 2014 as a legal permanent resident.
On Monday morning, Artan drove his car into a crowd on campus and then began stabbing people after exiting the vehicle. Several people were taken to the hospital due to related injuries, while Artan himself was shot dead by police. The attack was originally reported as an “active shooter” situation; however, firearms were not involved.
“This is a shock,” said Hassan Omar, president of the Somali Community Association of Ohio. “As a Somali community here, we are in a state of shock. In Columbus, we live in a very peaceful community. This is gonna affect the life of everybody. We are American and we don’t want somebody to create this problem.”
Artan’s motive is still unknown, but officials have said that the attack was intentional and was most likely planned.