A U.S. official has identified the suspect in the Ohio State attack that injured nine people as a man of Somali descent.
The official identified Abdul Razak Ali Artan as the now-deceased suspect. He 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.
The official wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss details of the ongoing case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
A second law enforcement official confirmed that authorities believe the suspect’s name is Abdul Artan. That official also wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss details of the ongoing case and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Authorities are now saying nine people were injured at Ohio State University when an attacker purposely drove over a curb and into pedestrians and then got out of the vehicle and began stabbing people with a butcher knife.
Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone says eight of the victims are in stable condition and one victim is in critical condition after the attack Monday. Authorities said two people had been stabbed, four people had been hurt by a car and two others were treated for lacerations.
The injuries to the ninth person weren’t immediately clear.
It appears the shooting aspect is now being disputed.
CBS News reports that officials say at least eight people were injured, one critically, in an incident that began at the campus’ chemical engineering building.
In a statement, Ohio State University officials said: “Victim injuries include stab wounds, injury by motor vehicle and other injuries that are being evaluated.”
A federal law enforcement source told CBS News that the situation at Ohio State was initially described to them as a shooting in a campus building. But now investigators are leaning toward this being something else, reports CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues.
The source said it increasingly looks like at least some victims were either hit by a car or stabbed.
WBNS reports the incident began around 9:30 a.m. when firefighters were responding to reports of a chlorine leak at the chemical engineering building. According to the station, some witnesses report that someone had run a vehicle into the building, and then someone started attacking people inside the building with a knife.
At least one witness to the scene told WBNS said a fire alarm was pulled inside the Watts Lab, and when people exited, a car was waiting for them and appeared to purposefully run them over.
Another student witness told CBS Newsshe saw a grey car drive by the engineering building at a high speed, hit a cop, then proceed to hit other people.
Police have not confirmed the nature of the attacks. The FBI and ATF both said they had deployed tactical resources to assist local law enforcement partners.
UPDATE: Student newspaper The Lantern says while the scene is secure, officials are still searching a garage as of 11:02 CST.
UPDATE: As of 10:30 CST, the shelter-in-place order was lifted and classes have been canceled for the rest of the day at OSU according to alerts sent out to students and alumni.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Officials say at least nine people were injured, one critically, in an incident that began at the campus’ chemical engineering building. At least four of the eight wounded have gunshot wounds.
WBNS reports the incident began around 9:30 a.m. when firefighters were responding to reports of a chlorine leak at the chemical engineering building. Someone had run a vehicle into the building, and then someone started attacking people inside the building with a knife and another person had a gun.
It’s unclear what all happened afterward, but the active shooter was shot and killed and the scene was eventually secured.
Ohio State is one of the nation’s largest campuses with s more than 60,000 students enrolled who were sheltering in place as of 10 a.m. CST.
Police, sheriff’s deputies, SWAT and FBI have at least 30 units on campus.
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