Ohio State University attacker identified as Somali-born legal immigrant

Ohio State University attacker identified as Somali-born legal immigrant
Crime scene investigators collect evidence from the pavement as police respond to an attack on campus at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, Monday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Police have identified the man they say is responsible for Monday’s attack at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

NBC News reported the suspect’s name is 18-year-old Abdul Razaq Ali Artan. Artan is of Somalian descent but moved to Pakistan with his family in 2007. He came to the U.S in 2014 as a legal permanent resident.

OSU police Chief Craig Stone said the suspect carried out the attack “on purpose.” Around 9 a.m. Monday, Artan allegedly used a vehicle to plow through multiple people on campus. Stone said Artan then got out of the vehicle and started stabbing others. He was later shot and killed by police.

In a just-concluded press conference, University officials confirmed that the suspect was a student at The Ohio State University, and stated their belief that he was a first semester student.

The incident was originally reported as an “active shooter” situation, even though Artan did not have a gun.

At least nine people were taken to the hospital. One was listed in critical condition.

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