Law enforcement officials have identified the suspect in Monday’s savage attack at Ohio State University as 18-year-old Somali migrant Abdul Razak Ali Artan — and details are now starting to emerge about his background.
Suspect's name confirmed: OSU student Abdul Razak Artan. No motive released yet. pic.twitter.com/slrJBTNwmv
— The Lantern (@TheLantern) November 28, 2016
Artan, a student at OSU, was shot dead by a police officer after he plowed his vehicle into a crowd of people on campus and then started hacking people with a butcher knife, OSU Police Chief Craig Stone said. Ten people suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to hospitals.
Speaking to CNN on Monday, one witness claimed the attacker was “completely silent” as he stabbed innocent people. The witness said Artan remained silent, “even when he was shot.”
— OSU Police (@OSUPOLICE) November 28, 2016
“This was done on purpose,” Stone said.
Police had yet to identify a motive in the attack, but law enforcement officials told NBC Newsthat Artan posted a “rant” on social media beforehand.
Arian was apparently profiled in The Lantern’s “Humans of Ohio State” section, in which he complained about not having a designated area to pray on campus.
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) November 28, 2016
“I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen.” he said.