The Ohio State student who ruthlessly charged at civilians with a car, followed by a butcher knife attack was a Somali refugee named Abdul Razaq Ali Artan.
Law enforcement officials told NBC News the suspect’s name is Abdul Razaq Ali Artan, an 18-year-old student at the university. He was a Somali refugee who left his homeland with his family in 2007, lived in Pakistan and then came to the United States in 2014 as a legal permanent resident of the United States, officials said. The motive was unknown, although law enforcement sources said Artan posted a rant on social media prior to the incident. Officials said the attack was clearly deliberate and may have been planned in advance.
“This was done on purpose,” Stone said. Officials said Artan was in the car by himself, but investigators are trying to determine if anyone else was involved in the planning.
ABC News has more details on the Facebook rant:
Sources told ABC News that the man is of Somali descent and is a legal permanent resident in the United States. Sources said authorities believe they have found at least one posting from the attacker on Facebook, with one source saying information being collected indicates he made what was described as a “declaration” on Facebook expressing some sort of grievances over attacks on Muslims.
Artan was shot and killed by an OSU police officer.
— OSU Police (@OSUPOLICE) November 28, 2016