Columbus, Nov 28: The assailant who car-rammed and stabbed pedestrians at Ohio State University today, injuring nine before he was shot dead by police, was a young man of Somali descent, US media reported. The suspect in today’s attack at Ohio State University rammed into pedestrians with a car and attacked them with a butcher knife, before being shot dead by police, officials said.
CBS News quoted a federal law enforcement official as saying the suspect “has been tentatively identified as a young man of Somali descent,” aged around 20. Law enforcement officials quoted by NBC News said he was an 18-year-old student at Ohio State, a Somali refugee who was a legal permanent resident of the United States. Asked if authorities were considering the incident to be a terror attack, Columbus police chief Kim Jacobs said that investigators were considering it to be a “possibility.”
“About 9:52 am, a male suspect drove a vehicle over the curb… Struck pedestrians,” Craig Stone, chief of police at the university, told a news conference. “He exited the vehicle, and used a butcher knife to start cutting pedestrians.”
“Our officer was on scene in less than a minute and he ended the situation in less than a minute. He engaged the suspect, and he eliminated the threat,” Stone added.
Nine people were transported to hospitals — eight of them in stable condition and one critical, he said.
Jacobs said there was no indication of multiple suspects in the attack, despite witness accounts suggesting several attackers were involved