Ohio State University: Suspect killed, several people hospitalized after campus attack

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The suspect in the Ohio State University attack rammed his car into a group of pedestrians before using a butcher knife to cut several people, OSU officials said.

At least nine people were hospitalized, including one in critical condition. “Victim injuries include stab wounds, injury by motor vehicle and other injuries that are being evaluated,” OSU said.

Student Jacob Bower, 20, said he saw the attacker outside between the Koffolt Laboratories and Watts Hall.

“He pulled a large knife and started chasing people around, trying to attack them,” Bower told CNN.

“Luckily there were so many people, he couldn’t focus on one target. I didn’t see anyone get stabbed, but I saw the police officer take down the stabber. He waited ’til everyone was clear, and the stabber clearly wasn’t stopping. (It) took three shots to take him down. (The) stabber had a crazy look in his eyes.”

The officer fatally shot the assailant, eliminating the risk to students, authorities said.

The suspect in Monday’s Ohio State University attack was an 18-year-old of Somali descent, a federal law enforcement official said.

Investigators have identified the suspect, who lived in the area, but have not publicized his name, the official said. The car used in the attack was registered to a family member.

A US official says the suspect was a legal permanent resident.

Now, as nine people try to recover from their wounds, investigators are trying to determine a motive, and whether the attack is terror-related.

“We have to consider that it is that possibility,” Columbus Police Chief Kimberley Jacobs said.

“We had an attack earlier this year with a man with a knife causing multiple injuries. So we’re always aware that that’s the potential. And we’re going to continue to look at that.”

How it happened

At 9:52 a.m., the assailant drove over a curb and struck pedestrians near Watts Hall, OSU Police Chief Craig Stone said.

“He got out of the vehicle and started using a butcher knife to start cutting pedestrians,” Stone said. “Our officer was on scene in less than a minute, and he ended the situation in less than a minute.”

But as the chaos unfolded, university officials reported an active shooter incident at Watts Hall, the university’s materials science and engineering building.

“Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College,” OSU Emergency Management tweeted at 9:56 a.m.

It’s possible the gunshots heard came from police trying to stop the attacker, a federal law enforcement official said.

The university’s newspaper, The Lantern, also tweeted during the situation.

Throughout the attack, the assailant didn’t yell or say anything, Bower said.

“He was completely silent, which was very creepy. Not even when he was shot (by police),” the student said.

“The cop that subdued the guy with the knife saved so many lives today.”

Stacking chairs for safety

While students waited to hear word on the attacker’s movements, some piled chairs against a door to block him from getting in.

“I’m safe in a barricaded room,” Harrison Roth tweeted. “If you’re on campus, get in a room and stay safe.”

Ohio State’s Columbus campus is colossal, one of the largest in the United States. The university has more than 65,000 students enrolled across the state.

Students had just returned to class Monday after the Thanksgiving break — and after the OSU football team’s big win Saturday over the school’s biggest rival, the University of Michigan.

Michigan’s athletic department tweeted its support for Ohio State, saying “Stay safe, Buckeyes.”

Students are getting ready for final exams, which begin on December 9.

The incident also comes during the first month of the OSU public safety director’s job. Monica Moll came to the helm on October 31.


  • i quit..

    let us see. free trip to us,house,food, college. NOW.. all you DO GOODERS close your eyes and picture that knife at your love ones neck..

    • DCV

      What an idiotic statement. Do you know how many casualties there would’ve been had this attacker had a semi-automatic rifle? If you can’t tell the difference between the damage a butcher knife can do versus an AR-15 then I feel sorry for you. Thank goodness this animal didn’t have a gun in his hands…there would’ve been a lot more casualties than 0 that’s for sure!!!

      • shameless libs

        Dcv- what about vehicles? We need to ban them also. The towelhead in France didn’t use an assault rifle when he mowed down the people in France. He killed more with a truck than an assault rifle would have. My instructions to you today Dcv are as follows…. Park your vehicle today, and dont ever drive it again! Got it? Good! Because I want my family and myself to remain safe. Thankyou dummy.

  • magicmikexxsm

    Abdul Razaq Ali Artan
    No gun was used by the bad guy and he was a non-white with a “funny sounding name” . . . so . . . move along . . . nothing to see here…………………………………

  • Robert

    Ah yes, another Muslim ,”ambassador of peace”, doing what god calls upon him to dole out to the infidel.
    Better wake up you college campus liberals. And thank you for your tolerance.

    • The anti-Bob

      That right there. That’s the kind of prejudice that made him snap, Bob.

      You’re part of the problem, Bob.

      • Robert

        So its my fault this individual choose to act in this manner?
        Fortunately not all think as you my ANTI friend.
        For it is those that think as you, that leave us ripe for invasion and enslavement.

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  • yea i said that!

    I wonder how these student victims now feel about open door immigration? Hey Ohio State, want some more? There’s plenty more of those Somalians up in Minnesota and Dearborn, Michigan.

    • Dave Hough

      The BO Administration will chalk this up to campus unrest and then attack to police officer who stopped the attack as being over zealous in apprehending a minority student.

      • jimbrony

        Workplace violence. Obviously pushed to the brink by his white overlords. Why couldn’t the cop just shoot the knife from his hand? (snicker, snort). These attacks will continue until the liberal left gets their heads out of the sand and realizes the enemy lives among us – and they’ve endorsed it. Worship any god you want, read any holy book you want – come at us with evil intent, prepare for retaliation.

  • snarfing snarf snarfs

    Run, hide, and fight? What a bunch of liberal babies. Hillary voters. (Losers) How about don’t run, don’t hide and charge this mother fu**er with about 10 students armed with chairs, laptops, and courage. What a bunch of woosies this new generation are. Get ‘r done mini libs.


    Even if someone else was armed he still would have scared, hurt and traumatized these innocent people just trying to get an education! It does not matter who the heck the President is. This world is full of psychotic, angry, hateful, unloved, bitter, spiteful, lonely, stressed, and just plain DISTURBED individuals that are all over the Universe and will not stop committing these disgusting acts no matter who is in charge, All we can do is pray and try to stay away from as many humans as possible because you never know anymore who can lose their noggin! Nowhere is safe anymore it’s a cruel and insane world. #God help us

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