A planned terrorist attack at Ohio State was initially reported by the college as an active shooter situation. According to local law enforcement, the man who police shot was a 20-year-old Somali refugee who was a student at the college. His name was Mohammed Ali aka Abdul Razak Ali Artan”.
CBS Columbus affiliate WBNS reports the incident began around 9:30 a.m. when firefighters were responding to reports of a chlorine leak at the chemical engineering building.
According to reports from students who were on the scene, students were standing outside the building after the fire alarm went off, at which point someone ran a vehicle into the crowd outside the materials science and engineering building. Moments later, that person sprang from the vehicle and started attacking people with a large knife.
Eyewitnesses are reporting that it appeared someone purposely pulled the fire alarm to get people outside the building. One student told NBC News she was walking down the street when she saw a car plow into a crowd of people who had evacuated an academic building during a fire alarm.
“This car just swerved and ran into a whole group of people,” said Nicole Kreinbrink. “It hit a cop really bad.”
“All these people were running and screaming and yelling,” she added.
Machetes and car ramming are typical of Islamic terrorist attacks and Ohio has been under a raised terror threat. Four men with Ohio ties were given aid to al Qaeda and were arrested this month. There were other attacks in central Ohio, two in the last year.
Governor Kasich wants to bring more Somali refugees into the state and the country.
Law enforcement sources said a car rammed Watts Hall about 9:40 a.m., and at least two people got out of the car. One person had a gun and another appeared to have a large knife.
One Ohio State professor tells @NBC4 a colleague was slashed with a machete on the OSU campus in Watts Hall.
The witnesses are reporting several terrorists. One was shot dead by police and two men were seen being taken out of a nearby parking garage in handcuffs.
The terrorist was stopped by a GUN. The terrorist used MACHETES and a CAR.
Earlier, two other men were taken out but it is now believed they were not involved.
BREAKING: Swat team brought out two men from Lane Ave. garage in handcuffs pic.twitter.com/iiVQaUPLCa
— BuckeyesNews (@BuckeyesNews) November 28, 2016
The terrorist is said to have acted alone.
An officer killed the terrorist.
Let’s send love to Alan Horujko, the man who stopped the Ohio State University terrorist. Forever grateful to the men and women in blue. pic.twitter.com/mXDxLirlq2
— THE NEW RIGHT (@The_NewRight) November 28, 2016
The situation is now under control. Nine people have been taken to the hospital, one is in critical condition and the rest are in stable condition. The FBI and the ATF are on the scene.
Statement from The Ohio State University:
Ohio State University Police and local law enforcement continue to respond to a public safety incident on Ohio State’s campus. A suspect has been shot and reported deceased. Victim injuries include stab wounds, injury by motor vehicle and other injuries that are being evaluated. At the recommendation of law enforcement, campus alerts for shelter in place have been lifted. Campus remains open during the continued investigation, although classes have been canceled for the remainder of the day. Facts are still being verified. We will hold a media briefing as soon as we are able. The university will continue to share information through Buckeye Alert and emergency.osu.edu. Our top priority remains the safety and security of our campus community. Our thoughts and prayers are with those injured and their families.
President-elect Donald Trump issued the following statement on the incident today on the Ohio State University campus.
“Watching the news unfold at Ohio State University. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the students and administration,” Trump posted on his Facebook account.
“Excellent job by the Ohio State University Emergency Management Team (@OSU_EMFP) in immediately notifying students & faculty via social media with the message: “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.”
He added: “THANK YOU to all FIRST RESPONDERS who reacted immediately.”