Student from Milwaukee Talks about What She Saw During OSU Attack
A student deliberately rammed a group of people with a car on the campus of Ohio State University and then jumped out to stab them on Monday morning, setting off a campus-wide lockdown and a mass active shooter alert, officials said. The man was quickly shot dead by a campus officer nearby.
Ohio officials said it appears this is possibly an act of terrorism, and the FBI and ATF have been sent in to help investigate.
Many students were back on campus following the long Thanksgiving break from classes.
26-year-old Jazelynn Goudy is a first year graduate student studying dance at OSU. Her building is just steps away from Watts Hall where the attack started.
"One of the students came into our building. Somebody let her in. And she actually saw one of the students get stabbed. So she was like, she heard gunshots and she saw a student fall on the ground," Goudy said.
Goudy is also from Milwaukee and graduated from UW-Whitewater. She's been getting calls all day from home.
"Yeah my mother called. my minister called. Well, my minister texted me. my grandmother called. I have to call her back actually," Goudy said.
A federal law enforcement official tells CBS News that the man shot and killed in the incident at Ohio State University has been identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Somali refugee who was a legal permanent resident and student at the university. Officials have not said when or where he entered the United States.
After ramming students returning to the building, the suspect got out of the vehicle and began stabbing people with what officials described as a butcher knife.
Ohio State University officials said Officer Alan Horujk was already on the scene, and he responded to the incident quickly, shooting the suspect dead before he could harm more people.
Eleven people were wounded during the incident, with one person in critical condition. All of the injured appear to have either stabbing or blunt trauma wounds, said Andrew Thomas, the chief medical officer at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Artan, the deceased suspected shooter, appears to have given an interview with the school’s student newspaper, the Lantern, that ran in August of this year. In it he talked about why it was important for him to have a quiet place to go when he prays.
“This place is huge and I don’t even know where to play,” Artan said. “I wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media. 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.”
Officials said he came to the U.S. with six family members in 2014 after fleeing Somalia and spending seven years in a refugee camp in Pakistan, CBS News has learned. Artan attended community college in Columbus before transferring to OSU this year.
Angshuman Kapil, a graduate student, was outside the building when the car barreled onto the sidewalk.
“It just hit everybody who was in front,” he said. “After that everybody was shouting, ‘Run! Run! Run!’”
Student Martin Schneider said he heard the car’s engine revving.
“I thought it was an accident initially until I saw the guy come out with a knife,” Schneider said, adding that the man didn’t say anything when he got out.
Most of the injured were hurt by the car, and at least two were stabbed, officials said. One had a fractured skull.