by Lauren Redfern
Monday, November 28 was an ordinary day after Thanksgiving Break at The Ohio State University until around 10 am that morning when OSU’s Emergency Management Twitter page sent out a message stating, “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.”
Ohio State uses the Run Hide Fight method for these type of drastic events.
- Run: get as far away from the situation as possible.
- Hide: if running is not possible, stay put and barricade any doors that would keep you safe if at all possible.
- Finally, fight if attacked.
The situation started with the suspect calling 911 for a gas leak in Watts Hall, an engineering building which made countless students evacuate. After 30 min of waiting, one student stated that the suspect drove his car over the curb into the crowd of people. According to CNN, the suspect then got out of the vehicle and began stabbing the people around him. The Guardian reports that U.S officials state the attack was self radicalized. The suspect, named Abdul Razak Ali Artan, injured 11 people in the attacks. He then was shot dead by law enforcement at the scene.
November 29, the Islamic State terrorist group stated that Artan was acting as “a soldier” on the behalf of the group. This attack is part of a series of domestic attacks. Artan was born in Somalia and was a lawful U.S. permanent resident and a student at Ohio State.
The university cancelled all remaining classes the day of the attack but resumed the following day. Four people remain hospitalized after the attack. None of the victims had life-threatening injures. Seven people have been released from the hospital already. The attacks hit home here in the town of Bellbrook, with many alumni of the high school current students of the university. OSU has held many prayer vigils and has offered help to students affected.