OHIO STATE ATTACK: Suspect posted to Facebook before attack


UPDATE @6:20 a.m.

Investigators are examining Abdul Razak Ali Artan’s Facebook page to determine whether the attack was terrorism, though law enforcement officials said it will take time to ascertain motive.

In a Facebook post shortly before the Monday morning rampage, the Somali immigrant urged America “to stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah,” a term for Muslim people at large.

“By Allah, we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims. You will not celebrate or enjoy any holiday.”

FIRST REPORT

The Ohio State University attack suspect has been identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan of Somalia. There are conflicting reports on his age, between 18-20.

Artan did an interview with OSU’s campus newspaper, The Lantern, in August about his fear as a Muslim, of praying on campus.

In the interview with Lantern reporter Kevin Stankewicz, Artan said Muslims must pray five times a day, and before he came to OSU, he attended Columbus State where he was able to go in to private prayer rooms.

Artan described himself as a third year Logistics Management student in the article, who was interviewed on his first day on the OSU campus.

He told the reporter he was fearful of praying out in the open on such a large campus because of how the media portrayed Muslims.

On Monday morning, at approximately 9:50 a.m., Artan drove his Honda Civic alone, over a sidewalk near OSU’s Watts Hall striking as many as 10 pedestrians, some OSU students, according to OSU’s Public Safety Director, Monica Moll.

She went on to say that Artan then used a butcher knife to stab those pedestrians.

Approximately one minute later, OSU police officer Alan Horujko shot and killed Artan.

>>RELATED CONTENT: Coverage of Ohio State news conference>>

>>RELATED CONTENT: Student reaction to Ohio State attack>>


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Fire in vacant Dayton house under investigation as suspicious
Fire in vacant Dayton house under investigation as suspicious

A fire that caused significant damage to a vacant house in the 1600 block of Weaver Street in Dayton is being investigated as suspicious, Dayton fire personnel said.  Crews were dispatched just after 5:30 p.m. on a report of a possible structure fire with smoke and flames showing. The dispatch was upgraded minutes later to a working structure...
Demonstration at Wright State sparks debate over campus free speech
Demonstration at Wright State sparks debate over campus free speech

College administrators across the nation are being questioned on their decisions that some say bar free speech from campuses. Wright State University found itself at the center of the ongoing debate about campus free speech Wednesday when questions emerged over how the school handled an anti-abortion demonstration. The issue of free speech at colleges...
Guilty plea accepted in Tipp City home robbery for stolen drugs
Guilty plea accepted in Tipp City home robbery for stolen drugs

The last of four people indicted on charges stemming from the robbery of a Tipp City home to retrieve stolen drugs pleaded guilty to a lesser felony in a Troy courtroom on Wednesday. Carlos Gomez, 23, now of Baldwin Park, Calif., was returned to Ohio to face the charge from a November incident in which Tipp City police said one person was injured. ...
Indiana Task Force 1 heads to WPAFB for Hurricane Maria deployment
Indiana Task Force 1 heads to WPAFB for Hurricane Maria deployment

Indiana Task Force 1 is holding an impromptu press conference at 9 p.m. outside their Beavercreek hotel. The task force will be leaving from Wright Patterson Air Force Base for Puerto Rico after it was hit by Hurricane Maria. The task force has not been told when they would be deploying. Indiana Task Force 1 is preparing for deployment to Puerto Rico...
Clark Howard: Your guide to paying off credit card debt
Clark Howard: Your guide to paying off credit card debt

There are several steps you should take to get out of credit card debt. Paying off credit card debt that’s several thousand dollars or more takes time, so you must discipline yourself. The key is to make debt a priority. I usually find setting a goal of paying down debt in 36 months or less works best for people. If the end goal is any further...
More Stories