COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Here’s what we know about Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the man suspected of injuring 11 people in an attack on Ohio State’s campus Monday morning.
Artan was born in Somalia
Abdul Razak Ali Artan was born in Somalia and living in the United States as a legal permanent resident. It was unclear when Artan came to the U.S, according to the Associated Press.
He was an OSU student
Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Lantern, ran an interview in August with a student named Abdul Razak Artan, who identified himself as a Muslim and a third-year logistics management student who had just transferred from Columbus State in the fall.
He graduated from Columbus State in May
Video from Ohio State’s may graduation shows him walking the stage and receiving a diploma.
An OSU police officer shot and killed him within minutes of the attack
OSU officials say Officer Alan Horujko shot and killed Artan Monday morning on the Ohio State campus, ending the attack.
11 people were injured in the attack
OSU officials said during a 4pm press conference that a total of 11 people were hospitalized with either stab wounds or injuries suffered when Artan rammed a crowd with a car. Most of the injured were hurt by the car, and at least two were stabbed, officials said. One had a fractured skull.
Police considering the possibility the attack was a terrorist attack
Asked at a news conference whether authorities were considering the possibility it was a terrorist act, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said: “I think we have to consider that it is.” Several 911 callers remarked that they believed they had just witnessed a terrorist attack.
Artan was alone in the car at the time of the attack
Surveillance photos showed Artan in the car by himself just before the attack, but investigators were looking into whether anyone else was involved, the campus police chief said.
Artan was featured in a student newspaper article in August
Artan was featured in a feature called ‘Humans of Ohio State’ in an August 25 edition of the student newspaper The Lantern.
In that feature, Artan blamed the media for a negative portrayal of Muslims.
“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen,” Artan told The Lantern.
Artan posted a rant to social media shortly before attack
NBC News reports Artan wrote on what appears to be his Facebook page that he had reached a “boiling point,” made a reference to “lone wolf attacks” and cited radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.
“America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially Muslim Ummah [community]. We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that,” the post said.
Two hours before that, a cryptic post on the page said: “Forgive and forget. Love.”