Reports: Suspect In Ohio State Attack Believed To Be University Student And Somali Refugee


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.

Subsequent reports indicate the deceased suspect was either an 18- or 20-year-old OSU student and a Somali refugee with permanent resident status in the U.S.

Additional information about his identity had not been confirmed as of the time of this report.

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.

“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.

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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