Terror in Ohio.
Today, with no warning, a van drove through a crowd of students at Ohio State University, and the attacker then started stabbing citizens with a butcher knife.
The rampage has not been classified as terror as of yet, but the suspect appears to be a potential jihadist according to scattered reports.
The attack took place at 9:52 am eastern standard time, and the suspect’s intention was to kill as many people as he could.
The details are surreal
“At 9:52 a.m., the assailant drove over a curb and struck pedestrians near Watts Hall, OSU Police Chief Craig Stone said.
“He got out of the vehicle and started using a butcher knife to start cutting pedestrians,” Stone said. “Our officer was on scene in less than a minute, and he ended the situation in less than a minute.”
— CNN (@CNN) November 28, 2016
“Luckily there were so many people, he couldn’t focus on one target. I didn’t see anyone get stabbed, but I saw the police officer take down the stabber. He waited ’til everyone was clear, and the stabber clearly wasn’t stopping. (It) took three shots to take him down. (The) stabber had a crazy look in his eyes.”
The officer fatally shot the assailant, eliminating the risk to students, authorities said.”
This attack is yet another reminder of how dangerous domestic terror is to Americans.
The victims were fortunate the suspect was not in possession of a firearm, the scene could have been even worse if that had been the case.
The suspect was 18 years old at the time of his death, his name was Abdul Artan, a Somali National.
He was shot by officer Alan Horujko, who saved the lives of countless people when he confronted the attacker.
Cops putting up tape, wearing vests and grabbing their guns pic.twitter.com/dVmztKBeq6
— Anthony Falzarano (@_falzarano) November 28, 2016
We know nothing about this suspect, only that he was a legal resident, and lived in the surrounding area prior to the attack.
So before President Elect Trump uses this to justify persecuting Muslims, lets be sure he has all the facts.
Whatever Artan’s reasoning for attempting to murder innocent civilians, the intelligence community needs to sort it out.
Was he acting alone?
Why would he target a college campus?
If this is terror related, is this young man part of a bigger cell?
Hopefully we will get answers to these questions in the coming days as the our government tears his life apart.