Suspect in Ohio State attack identified

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (KXAN/AP) — Authorities are now saying nine people were injured at Ohio State University when an attacker purposely drove over a curb and into pedestrians and then got out of the vehicle and began stabbing people with a butcher knife.

Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone says eight of the victims are in stable condition and one victim is in critical condition after the attack Monday. Authorities said two people had been stabbed, four people had been hurt by a car and two others were treated for lacerations.

The injuries to the ninth person weren’t immediately clear. Earlier, hospital officials said that eight people had non-life-threatening injuries.

Stone says an officer who was nearby because of an earlier gas leak shot and killed the male suspect.

A witness to an attack at Ohio State University says he initially thought a car had driven over a curb into pedestrians accidentally but realized it was intentional when a man emerged with a butcher knife.

Student Martin Schneider says he saw the attack take place Monday morning. He says he saw the attacker hit several people with the car, then emerge swinging the knife. Schneider says the attacker didn’t say anything. He says he heard the car’s engine revving before it hit the curb because it was going pretty fast. He says he also heard yells from a frightened crowd.

A director of public safety says a man who drove a car into pedestrians and began stabbing people at Ohio State was a student at the school.

Ohio State Department of Public Safety Director Monica Moll also identified the now-deceased suspect as Abdul Razak Ali Artan.

A U.S. official earlier told The Associated Press that he was born in Somalia and living in the United States as a legal permanent resident. The official wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss details of the ongoing case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Authorities say Artan was shot to death by a police officer Monday morning shortly after he drove up onto a curb into pedestrians, got out of the car and began stabbing people with a butcher knife.

Nine people were injured, including one critically.

An alert was issued for an active shooter on campus about 9:56 a.m. ET. The alert said, “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.”

At least eight people were taken to the hospital from the scene, according to Columbus Fire Department officials via WCMH.

Hospital officials told the Associated Press eight patients they received from the scene have non-life-threatening injuries.

Some of the victims were wounded with a large knife, a law enforcement official told NBC News. An Ohio State spokesman told the Associated Press injuries including stab wounds and being hit by a vehicle. It is still unclear if anyone was shot.

Sophomore Wyatt Crosher said he heard what he thought was gunfire coming from a class building.

“My roommate and I heard about three or four gunshots from across the street, and soon after we heard a bunch of police and ambulances pull up across the street,” the 19-year-old said.

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