COLUMBUS, Ohio-- The Columbus Division of Police and other authorities provided some new information on the attacks at Ohio State University Monday morning.
OSU student Abdul Razak Ali Artan rammed his car into a group of people, then got out and began stabbing others with a butcher knife, police said. An OSU police officer shot and killed the suspect when he refused to drop the weapon. Eleven people were injured, but most have been released from Columbus-area hospitals.
FBI Special Agent Angela Byers said it appears Artan was at least inspiried by ISIS. The suspect was not the subject of any previous FBI investigations.
The Islamic State frequently claims responsiblity for attacks when the assailant is dead because they can't refute it, Byers said.
Investigators are trying to determine Artan's whereabouts before the assault. So far, they know he purchased a knife at a Walmart, but it is not clear if it was the same knife he used to slash the victims.
An Ohio State spokesperson provided the following information about Artan's studies at the university:
- Majoring in Logistics Management (Fisher College of Business)
- Transfer student from Columbus State Community College; this was his first semester at Ohio State.
- The threshold for senior status is 90 credit hours. Artan transferred to Ohio State with 91 credit hours.
- Enrolled in 14.5 credit hours for autumn 2016
Artan came to the United States as a Somali refugee through Pakistan.
Anyone with information on where Artan was prior to the attack should call the Cincinnati Division of the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.