Ohio State University Attacker Was Reportedly A Teen Refugee Without A Gun — Who Drove A Car Into A Crowd & Cut Victims With A Knife

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We are learning more about the terrifying attack at Ohio State University.

On Monday, a man plowed a car into a crowd at the Columbus campus before getting out of the vehicle and cutting victims with a knife.

Chief Medical Officer for OSU’s Wexner Medical Center, Andrew Thomas, said in a news conference that nine people have been injured, one of whom is in critical condition.

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It was previously reported that the attacker was an active shooter, but new information reveals the suspect was not carrying a gun.

The active shooter report most likely developed because witnesses heard the gunshots as an OSU Police Department officer shot and killed the suspect.

While the attacker’s name has not yet been released, NBC News is reporting the man was an 18-year-old Somali refugee who lived near the school, and was probably an Ohio State student.

Campus police chief Craig Stone said in a press conference there’s no question the attack was intentional, saying:

“To go over the curb and strike pedestrians and to get out and start striking them with a knife, that was on purpose. Our officer was on the scene in less than a minute and he ended the situation less than a minute. He engaged the suspect and he eliminated the threat. The suspect is DOA.”

The campus security lockdown also went into effect rapidly, leading students to barricade themselves safely indoors:

So scary.

Thank goodness the attacker didn’t have an automatic weapon.

Our thoughts are with everyone affected, and we’re wishing those injured a speedy recovery.

[Image via @TheFancytastic/Twitter.]

Nov 28, 2016 3:59pm PDT

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