In the wake of a violent attack that left 10 victims hospitalized Monday morning on the campus of Ohio State University, developing reports indicate authorities believe the suspect was a student of the Columbus university.
As Western Journalism previously reported, the suspect was fatally shot by police after running into several pedestrians in his vehicle and attacking others with a butcher knife after exiting the car.
Additional information about his identity had not been confirmed as of the time of this report.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 28, 2016
Campus police indicated the attack appeared to have been orchestrated from the beginning to inflict as much injury as possible on others in a short period of time.
NEW: Deceased #OhioStateUniversity suspect tentatively identified as 20 yrs old Somali descent. Allegedly drove a car into a crowd.
— Paula Reid (@PaulaReidCBS) November 28, 2016
“To go over the curb and strike pedestrians and to get out and start striking them with a knife, that was on purpose,” said OSU Police Chief Craig Stone.
The incident took place near the university’s Watts Hall and prompted immediate campus-wide emergency security measures.
Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.
— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 28, 2016
While initial reports indicated identified the suspect as a shooter, it was later revealed he was armed with a butcher knife.
The attacker, Stone noted, had only seconds to stage the attack before authorities nearby were able to take him down.
“Our officers were on the scene in less than a minute,” he said, noting an officer “engaged the suspect and he eliminated the threat.”
Aside from the suspect, no deaths have been reported in connection with the attack. One of the 10 victims taken to the hospital has reportedly been listed in critical condition.
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