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This Man, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, Identified As The Ohio State University Attacker

Abdul Razak Ali Artan Photo

The Lantern

Abdul Razak Ali Artan is the name of the Ohio State University attacker who was killed after running over OSU students and attacking them with a butcher knife. Artan has been described as an 18-year-old Somalian refugee who was also a student at Ohio State University, although that information hasn’t been confirmed.

Earlier, we incorrectly reported that his name was Ali Muhammad. The new, correct name comes from NBC News.

Who Is Abdul Razak Ali Artan?

There’s not a lot that we know about the suspect who attacked Ohio State University students with a car and with a knife, except that we know that he’s a Somalian refugee who was a student. He transferred from Columbus State and was studying logistics management.

Artan is described as being a Somali refugee who fled his country in 2007, then moved Pakistan with his family. Artan finally moved to America in 2014 when he became a legal permanent resident of the United States. He even did an interview with The Lantern for a special edition issue called Humans of Ohio State:

“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. But, I don’t blame them. It’s the media that put that picture in their heads so they’re just going to have it and it, it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable. I was kind of scared right now. But I just did it. I relied on God. I went over to the corner and just prayed.”

You can read the full interview in the photo below.

What Happened?

According to witnesses, Artan drove over a curb with his Honda car and ran over a couple of students. He then exited his car with a large butcher knife and started to attack multiple students. An Ohio State police officer, Alan Horujko, arrived at the scene within less than a minute and shot/subdued Artan with his gun. The response time of Alan should not go under-appreciated here, without his quick retaliation there would surely have been much more bloodshed.

Artan died from the gunshot wounds he sustained.

You can read updates and more of what happened in the link below.

We’ve reached out to a professor at Ohio State University who might have had some contact with Artan. We’ll update with any comment.

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