Acting Ohio State officer praised for killing attacker

A man was shot and killed Monday after he struck a group of pedestrians with a vehicle and then got out and cut people with a butcher knife on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio, according to university officials.

Police identified the assailant who rammed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians at Ohio State University yesterday and attacked them with a butcher knife, as student Abdul Razak Ali Artan.

"We have to consider that it is" a terrorist attack, said Columbus police Chief Kim Jacobs.

The officer, an Ohio State graduate, has been with the campus force since January 2015.

OSU officials said during a 4pm press conference that a total of 11 people were hospitalized with either stab wounds or injuries suffered when Artan rammed a crowd with a auto. "We've been told there's been a confirmed shooting in the north campus area, and we're sheltering in place", he said.

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Ohio State University President Michael Drake thanked first responders and said he would visit the victims later in the day.

Another U.S. official, who asked not to be named because of the ongoing investigation, told Reuters that U.S. agencies are investigating the Columbus attacker's background and motivations, but can not clearly say yet whether he had any ties to suspected militant cells or groups. He had no record of behavioral or disciplinary issues during his time at Columbus State, and graduated with honors, Krauss added.

Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone said that the assailant deliberately drove over a curb outside a classroom building and that an officer who was nearby because of a gas leak arrived on the scene and shot the driver in less than a minute.

"No one really knows what is happening, other than there's an active shooter", she said.

(AP Photo/John Minchillo). Police stand guard outside a residence of interest during their investigation into an earlier attack at the Ohio State University campus, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.

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In the short profile, Artan - listed as a third-year student in logistics management - said he had just transferred from Columbus State, and talked to the newspaper about his fears on praying openly on campus.

The shooter was reportedly at Watts Hall, which the school website lists as a "materials science and engineering" building.

University officials cancelled classes and offered student and staff counseling.

In a tweet and campus alerts Monday morning, OSU administration urged students to "Run Hide Fight" from what was initially described as an active shooter situation.

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