Suspect Dead in Ohio State University Attack

(CN) – Originally reported as an active-shooter situation, police now say a suspect killed at Ohio State University attacked several people with a large knife Monday morning, sending at least nine to the hospital.

University authorities said the male suspect drove his vehicle across a median, striking numerous pedestrians with his car in front of a classroom and lab building. He then got out of the car with a butcher knife, stabbing and slashing bystanders.

The suspect was shot and killed by an Ohio State University police officer after ignoring orders from police.

The deceased suspect has been identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a native of Somalia who was living in the U.S. as a legal permanent resident. Artan recently transferred to OSU. His motive was unclear.

The campus police officer that shot and killed the suspect is Alan Horujko.

All OSU classes have been canceled for the rest of the day.

According to Andrew Thomas, chief medical officer at OSU’s Wexner Medical Center, nine people have been taken to area medical centers with injuries from either the vehicle or the stabbing. The only fatal injury was to the suspect.

Two of the people taken to hospitals were in stable condition and one was in critical condition, the Columbus Fire Department said earlier Monday.

The university warned students in a series of tweets that there was an active shooter on campus Monday morning. More than an hour later, it lifted a shelter-in-place warning.

OSU’s initial tweet said an active shooter was reported at Watts Hall, a science and engineering building. The tweet advised students to, “Run Hide Fight.”