COLUMBUS, Ohio– One of the victims of the attack at Ohio State University on Monday spoke about what he saw.
Professor William Clark said he was walking back inside a campus building after a gas leak when he heard a shout and a crash. Clark said he was hit by the car and flipped over it.
Investigators said Abdul Razak Ali Artan hit several with his vehicle then got out and started slashing at people with a butcher knife.
Eleven people were injured before an Ohio State police officer shot and killed the suspect. All victims are expected to make a full recovery. Eight of the 11 victims have been discharged from Columbus-area hospitals.
“Until we know all the facts, I prefer to hold judgement,” Clark said. “At the end of the day, as I said earlier, I’m sore, but I’m going home this afternoon. And he’s dead. So I think, my sense is, out of respect for the living and the dead, is we should wait until we know exactly what the truth is.”
Clark said he was heading into a building when he heard three gunshots. He also described a panicked shouting following the crash.
“That’s when I figured it was more than a car accident,” he told reporters during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
Clark said he didn’t hear the suspect say anything, but believes the officer told him to put the knife down three times. He said there was only 20 to 30 seconds before Artan was dead.
The professor didn’t realize he was bleeding until a student pointed out a trail of blood. He suffered injuries to his legs.