Ohio State Attack: Investigators Search for Suspect's Real Motive

By | Nov 30, 2016 07:40 PM EST
Police and Investigators are Searching for the Real Motive at the Ohio State University Attack

The Ohio State University was attacked by a student who carried out a knife on Monday that resulted to the death of the suspect, hospitalization of 11 people, and search for the exact motive behind this attack.(Photo : Facebook)

Investigations are currently ongoing to determine the exact motive behind the attack at the Ohio State University on Monday that resulted to the death of the suspect and injury of 11 people. 

The suspect was identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, an 18-year-old Somali immigrant in America and a student of the said university.

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Artan reportedly rammed his car in sidewalks with crowd of people near the campus' academic hall and stabbed others with a knife on Monday. A police nearby immediately responded to the attack incident and shot the suspect after he failed to obey orders to stop.

The police was identified as the Ohio State Police Officer Alan Horujko, 28, and has been in the campus since January 2015.

What does the Search Says?

Police and investigators searched the apartment of Artan and examined his Facebook page. They found Artan's status, saying he was already "sick and tired" of seeing fellow Muslims "killed and tortured."

Investigators are trying to find out if the attack was a form of terrorism or the student just had some personal problems or something else that pushed him over the edge. Law enforcers, however, said it will take time to ascertain the motive.

Before the incident, Artan posted on his page "to stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah. We are not weak, We are not weak."

He further threatened that "By Allah, we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims. You will not celebrate or enjoy any holiday."

The campus was put on lockdown for 90 minutes after the university first reported an "active shooter." Some students barricaded themselves in their classrooms.

"Run Hide Fight," the university's emergency management office tweeted. "Continue to shelter in place."

Meanwhile, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said: It was "one of those days you're grateful for good training and great people across the board."  

The Somalian community, on the other hand, was also shocked about the news.

In NBC News report, Hassan Omar, president of the Somali Community Association of Ohio, said the fact that the attacker was from Somali was upsetting and shocking.

Every Somali person has been calling him, and everybody is crying.

"As a Somali community here, we are in a state of shock. In Columbus, we live in a very peaceful community. This is going to affect the life of everybody. We are American, and we don't want somebody to create this problem."

Artan attended Columbus State Community College for two years, graduating cum laude with an associate's degree before moving on to Ohio State to continue his studies. He told a campus publication that on his first day at the university, he was "kind of scared" to pray in public.

"If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don't know what they're going to think, what's going to happen," Artan was quoted as saying in The Lantern.

Meanwhile, after all the attack incident on Ohio State University, classes were normally resumed as of Nov. 29, according to the OSU Emergency Management.

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