COLUMBUS, Ohio (WISH) – Classes resumed at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio Tuesday morning after Monday’s attack.
The attack is being investigated as possible terrorism. Authorities say the man drove his car into a crowd, then started stabbing people.
The suspect was identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan. He was a student at OSU.
Officials say he was born in Somalia, but was living in the United States as a legal permanent resident.
Officers later shot and killed him. Police say he hurt 11 people. The victim’s included students, faculty and staff members. One victim remains in critical condition.
The campus has since reopened and College Avenue is also open. but for the kids here, the reality of today’s attack is sadly just beneath the surface
“I’m worried about how this is going to affect my campus now,” said Sari Jones, a freshman at the university. “How is the tone of campus, what is it going to turn into, I don’t know what’s going to happen now.”
At about 9:50 Monday morning campus police rushed to the scene on College Avenue where they say a student ran his car on the curb and then got out and started stabbing students. This is while students were in class
“The scariest moment for me was when there was a group of girls came into our class and said, ‘Sorry to interrupt your class there’s a guy outside that has a knife and he’s coming toward us,” said Curt Atwell, a sophomore at the school.
No one inside was ever in danger. It took a campus officer less than a minute to take the suspect down.
Later in the day multiple vigils took place on campus. One of them at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. The church is a block away from where the attack occurred.
“You hate to see anything like this ever,” said Jerremiah Carter while walking into the service.
The service was interfaith. About 50 people showed up, including students and members of the community.
“We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, so it’s very important that we look out for one another and care for one another,” said Rev. Laura Young of Summit on 16th United Methodist Church.