At least 9 people have reportedly been injured and a suspect is dead in what is now being reported as a vehicle/machete terror attack at Ohio State University.
Police told WBNS that the incident started around 9:30 a.m. this morning; at that time Ohio State University issued an Active Shooter warning telling students to Run, Hide, or Fight.
A tweet went out alerting OSU students of the situation on campus. The tweet said: “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.” Watts Hall is a materials science and engineering building.
Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.
— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 28, 2016
But what was initially reported by the college as an active shooter situation, was actually a planned terrorist attack. According to local law enforcement, the man who police shot was an 18-year-old Somali Refugee who was a student at the college.
A U.S. intelligence official identified the Somali terrorist as Abdul Razak Ali Artan. He was born in Somalia, moved to Pakistan in 2007, and was then and allowed to come over as a refugee in 2014.
Earlier this year, a similar attack occurred in Columbus, where another Muslim immigrant from Africa unleashed a bloody machete attack on customers at a restaurant owned by a Christian Arab. Columbus, Ohio has the second largest Somali population in the United States (behind Minneapolis, Minnesota).
CBS Columbus affiliate WBNS reports the incident began around 9:30 a.m. when firefighters were responding to reports of a chlorine leak at the chemical engineering building.
According to reports from students who were on the scene, students were standing outside the building after the fire alarm went off, at which point someone ran a vehicle into the crowd outside the materials science and engineering building. Moments later, that person sprang from the vehicle and started attacking people with a large knife.
Eyewitnesses are reporting that it appeared someone purposely pulled the fire alarm to get people outside the building.
Ohio State on lockdown. Man drives his car into 30+ people. Pulls out machete and gun. 8 shot, several knifed. Suspect lose, pray for OSU❤️
— Madison Baker (@mbake3006) November 28, 2016
One student told NBC News she was walking down the street when she saw a car plow into a crowd of people who had evacuated an academic building during a fire alarm.
“This car just swerved and ran into a whole group of people,” said Nicole Kreinbrink. “It hit a cop really bad.”
“All these people were running and screaming and yelling,” she added.
— Austin Fox. UT (@myfoxaustin) November 28, 2016
DRAMATIC IMAGE: Students Barricade Themselves Into Classroom During Shooting At Ohio State University pic.twitter.com/wz6jmHtYRR
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 28, 2016
While the mainstream media initially reported the attack was conducted by a single shooter, students on the scene are reporting that this looked like a coordinated attack. OSU Buckeyes News reported that two men were seen being taken out of a nearby parking garage in handcuffs.
BREAKING: Swat team brought out two men from Lane Ave. garage in handcuffs pic.twitter.com/iiVQaUPLCa
— BuckeyesNews (@BuckeyesNews) November 28, 2016
OSU President Michael Drake, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, Columbus police Chief Kim Jacobs, the medical director from Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and the OSU police Chief Craig Stone spoke this afternoon outside the OSU hospital. Officials said nine people were taken to area hospitals. One is in critical condition and the rest are in stable condition.
— OSU Police (@OSUPOLICE) November 28, 2016
Last week, we warned that ISIS had issued a call to their supporters to commit vehicle and knife attacks throughout the holiday season. The fact that the mainstream media is ignoring the threat, and trying to downplay the fact that this attack is exactly what ISIS warned would happen last week is sickening. People need to be aware that our government was well aware that these threats were out there, and the media is doing everything they can to pretend this is not terrorism.