UPDATES | Ohio State attacker identified as Somali refugee, OSU student

OSU Campus Attack - Tiffany Tarpley

COLUMBUS- The latest on reports of an attack on the Ohio State University campus Monday:


4:25 p.m.:

The Associated Press reports authorities said the officer who killed an attacker at Ohio State University was a university police officer who'd been on the job for less than two years.

Department of Public Safety Director Monica Moll identified the officer as 28-year-old Alan Horujko. She says he started on the Ohio State police force in January 2015.

Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone says it was fortunate there was a nearby gas leak that the officer had gone to investigate. Stone says it helped position Horujko to respond to the attack so quickly.

Those injured in the attack included an Ohio State faculty member, four graduate students and three undergrads.

Authorities say they were able to get photos of the suspect's vehicle driving onto campus and confirmed only one person was in the car.

3 p.m.:

The Associated Press reports a police chief says authorities are looking into whether the attack at Ohio State University was related to terrorism.

Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs was asked at a news conference Monday afternoon whether authorities were considering the possibility that it was a terror attack.

Jacobs says, "I think we have to consider that it is."

Authorities say a man purposely plowed his car over a curb and into pedestrians on Monday morning before jumping out of the car and attacking people with a butcher knife. A police officer who was nearby because of an earlier gas leak was on the scene in a minute and shot and killed the attacker.

The FBI and other agencies joined the investigation.

Authorities say nine people were hurt, one of them critically.

2:55 p.m.:

NBC News has identified the suspect as 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan. According to NBC, Artan was a Somali refugee and Ohio State student who left his homeland with his family in 2007. They lived in Pakistan before coming to the U.S., where Artan became a permanent resident in 2014.

2:10 p.m.:

NBC News reports that the suspect was an 18-year-old Somali refugee who was a permanent U.S. resident. He was a student at Ohio State.

NBC News also reports that the suspect's motive remains unknown, but officials say the attack was deliberate and may have been pre-meditated. 

1:50 p.m.: 

The AP reports witness to an attack at Ohio State University says he initially thought a car had driven over a curb into pedestrians accidentally but realized it was intentional when a man emerged with a butcher knife.

Student Martin Schneider says he saw the attack take place Monday morning.

He says he saw the attacker hit several people with the car, then emerge swinging the knife.

Schneider says the attacker didn't say anything.

He says he heard the car's engine revving before it hit the curb because it was going pretty fast. He says he also heard yells from a frightened crowd.

1:20 p.m.: 

The AP reports authorities are now saying nine people were injured at Ohio State University when an attacker purposely drove over a curb and into pedestrians and then got out of the vehicle and began stabbing people with a butcher knife.

Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone says eight of the victims are in stable condition and one victim is in critical condition after the attack Monday.

Authorities said two people had been stabbed, four people had been hurt by a car and two others were treated for lacerations.

The injuries to the ninth person weren't immediately clear.

Earlier, hospital officials said that eight people had non-life-threatening injuries.

Stone says an officer who was nearby because of an earlier gas leak shot and killed the male suspect.

1:10 p.m.:

The AP reports Ohio State police say the attacker on campus purposely drove over a curb and into pedestrians and then got out of the vehicle and began stabbing people with a butcher knife.

Police Chief Craig Stone spoke early Monday afternoon at a news conference.

Authorities also said police believe that there was only one attacker.

Ohio State said earlier that the suspect had been shot and killed.

The university had sent out a series of tweets at around 10 a.m. Monday saying there was an active shooter on campus and that shooters should run, hide or fight. About an hour and a half later, the university said a shelter-in-place warning had been lifted and the scene was secure.

Authorities said later that it doesn't appear that the suspect used a gun in the attack.

12:15 p.m.:

The AP reports a spokesman for Ohio State University says injuries in the attack on campus included stab wounds and being struck by a vehicle.

Ben Johnson said Monday that there were also other injuries that were being evaluated.

12:05 p.m:

The AP reports hospital officials say eight patients they received from the scene of a reported attack at Ohio State University have non-life-threatening injuries.

The eight patients were split among OSU Wexner Medical Center, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital.

12 p.m.:

An Akron man who attends Ohio State University recounted what he experienced on campus:

11:35 a.m.

Ohio State University says a shelter-in-place warning has been lifted and the scene is secure following reports of an active shooter, the AP reports. 

Ohio State tweeted Monday morning that all classes would be canceled for the rest of the day.

11:10 a.m.:

The suspect linked to an active shooter situation on the Ohio State campus is dead, police authorities confirm to our sister station WCMH

Eight people were taken to the hospital, the station reports.

NBC4 says seven victims are in stable condition, while another person is in critical condition.

Another person is receiving treatment on scene, the station said.

10:30 a.m.

The AP reports Ohio State University is telling students there's an active shooter on campus and they should "Run Hide Fight."

Ohio State's official Twitter page retweeted a post from OSU Emergency Management saying there is an active shooter on campus in Columbus on Monday morning.

The tweet says: "Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College." Watts Hall is a materials science and engineering building.

"Run, hide, fight" is standard protocol for active shooter situations. It means: Run, evacuate if possible; Hide, get silently out of view; or Fight, as a last resort, take action to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter if your life is in imminent danger.

A Columbus police dispatcher declined to comment on the reports, but police vehicles were seen at the scene.

10 a.m

Several tweets were posted by OSU around 10 a.m. Monday regarding the situation:

"Run Hide Fight," one of the tweets declared.

The Columbus NBC affiliate sent out a live Periscope video from the scene (MOBILE USERS: click here to watch). 

The Lantern, Ohio State's student news organization, is posting photos from campus on Twitter (MOBILE USERS: click here to view).

Stay with WKYC.com for additional details as they become available.



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