(FOX) – An 18-year-old Somali man was behind an attack involving a car and butcher knife on the campus of Ohio State University Monday that left nine people injured, law enforcement sources told Fox News.
After the suspect plowed his vehicle into the crowd, officials said he got out of the vehicle and began attacking people with a butcher knife before he was shot and killed by a campus police officer.
Two law enforcement sources told Fox News the attacker, identified as Abdul Artan, came into the United States as a Somali refugee, and was granted status as a legal permanent resident.
The motive behind the attack is still unclear, according to law enforcement sources, but investigators are not ruling out anything at this point.
Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone said the attacker purposely drove over a curb and into pedestrians.
“This was done on purpose,” he said.
Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said police were looking into whether it was a terrorist attack.
Despite earlier reports that an active shooter carried out the attack on students at Ohio State University, it is now being reported that a Somali refugee drove his car into a crowd and then attacked people with a butcher knife.
The gunshots that were heard by witnesses were those of law enforcement to take down the attacker.