Skip to main content

Ohio State attack: Police release name of suspect shot dead by police

People are asked to shelter in place.

Update 3:30 p.m.

Officials in Ohio have released the names of the suspect in the Monday attack Ohio State University and the police officer who killed him.

Abdul Razak Ali Artan, an 18-year-old legal U.S. resident of Somali descent, injured 11 people when he rammed his car into a group of people on the campus Monday morning.

He then got out of the car and began stabbing people, before police officer Alan Horujko shot him dead.

The BBC reports that police are now investigating whether it's a terrorist attack.

Artan is said to have left Somalia within his family in 2007 and moved to Pakistan, before coming to the U.S. two years ago.

Original story

Nine people were hospitalized following a report of an active shooter at Ohio State University Monday morning.

University spokesman Ben Johnson said in a statement that all the victims were either stabbed, hit by a vehicle, or suffered other injuries, according to The Associated Press.

But there is no indication that the suspect fired a gun during Monday morning's incident, officials said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

Hospital officials said Monday that the victims' injuries don't appear to be life-threatening. Eight victims are in stable condition and one victim is listed as critical.

What happened

The "chaotic" incident unfolded just before 9 a.m. (central time) Monday when the suspect drove over the curb and struck a group of pedestrians, then got out of the vehicle and stabbed people with a butcher knife, officials said at the news conference.

An officer, who responded to the scene in less than a minute, fatally shot the suspect. Officials said the quick action by the officer limited any additional injuries.

'Run, hide, fight'

The first alert related to the incident went out at 8:55 a.m., telling students there was an emergency on campus. Ohio State University Police tweeted there was an active shooter, telling students to "run, hide, fight." A shelter-in-place order was issued.

Numerous police vehicles, including officials from the ATF and Columbus Police Department, responded to the scene. After about 90 minutes the shelter-in-place order was lifted, with officials saying they had secured the scene, according to the university's website.

Classes will be canceled for the remainder of the day, and areas of the campus are still closed to the public as police investigate. Officials plan to hold another news conference later Monday.

Ohio State University is one of the largest universities in the United States with roughly 66,000 students.

Next Up

Anthony Edwards

Ant ejected, Wolves blow huge lead and lose to slumping Hawks

The Timberwolves missed another opportunity to get over .500.

Xcel Energy Center

NHL announces make-up dates for Wild postponements

The Wild will play 40 games in the final 77 days of the regular season.

the mayo clinic - edit

Group says Mayo should be 'severely punished' over research puppy's death

The puppy died two days after undergoing a procedure at a Mayo research facility.

FLickr - minneapolis police - Tony Webster - Feb 2020 - crop

Charges: Man kidnapped woman, sexually assaulted her at gunpoint

The suspect faces three separate felony charges.

mn state capitol january 17 2021

St. Cloud 'Boogaloo Boi' who discussed attack on MN Capitol gets 2 years

He was charged with illegally possessing a machine gun.

Chris Smith

Gophers add All-Ivy League D-tackle from Harvard

Chris Smith will be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer.

school bus

High school basketball team returns from game to find bus driver dead

Members of the girls team returned to the bus to find the driver unresponsive.

covid-19 testing site sign

Minnesota AG sues COVID testing site, alleging it sent false results

Sometimes the company didn't send people their results at all, the lawsuit alleges.

optum headquarters chad davis wikimedia commons

UnitedHealth Group says it made $287B last year, $24B of it profit

The corporation's Optum business represented a significant chunk of that total.


Omicron may have already peaked in Minnesota

Reported cases lag what's happening in real time, so the newly reported cases over the next week or so will still be very high.

MnDot snow plow cam I-35 12-10-21

MnDOT reveals 50 snowplow name finalists

Voting is open through Wednesday, Jan. 26.


Update: Armed carjacking suspect fatally shot by police

His 7-year-old daughter was with him at the time of the carjacking.

Muslim groups condemn Ohio State attack; motive investigated

The suspect killed after an attack that injured 11 was a Somali-American student at Ohio State's business school

Police shot suspect after he fired at officers, officials say

It's the second officer-involved shooting in as many days.

State Patrol looking for driver who shot at another vehicle on I-35E

Investigators aren't sure what led to the incident, but they don't believe it was road rage.

Burglary suspect leads police on chase through 4 counties

The driver fled on foot, but was tracked by a K-9.